Blowin' Up

Created as an antidote to the broken way our criminal justice system treats sex workers, an experimental court in Queens attempts a unique and empathetic approach to women brought in on prostitution charges: Complete a series of free counseling sessions and have your record expunged. Giving voice to these oftcriminalized women—frequently survivors of abuse, trafficking, or other systemic violences—Blowin' Up is an important look into the intimate stories and day-to-day drama of this humane courtroom on the vanguard of the alternative justice system.

Community Partners: Exploit No More, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconin-Milwaukee, UWM School of Social Welfare


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures & Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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