Thursday, January 18 AT 6:30PM | FREE ADMISSION
Advance reservations are full for this screening. More tickets may be released to the public 15 minutes before showtime.
Featuring a post-screening panel discussion with Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Research and Intervention, Jennifer Crawford, Tucson Police Department / SAATURN member, Sheila Kembel, Pima County Juvenile Court / SAATURN member, and Cassandra Lain, CODAC / SAATURN member, Attorney Eric Bauer
I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer. Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, and produced by Mazzio along with Academy Award-nominee, Alec Sokolow, the documentary reveals how, after rescuing their daughters, these mothers filed lawsuits against Backpage. Although many of the lawsuits have not gone well, their efforts have sparked a Senate investigation, a political movement, and now, pending legislation in Congress.
“A clear-eyed and pressing work of advocacy journalism.” – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
The Jane Doe plaintiffs featured in the film include middle school girls from Boston, a 15-year-old violinist from Seattle, and a precocious 13-year-old girl from St. Louis. The documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers in real time as they run headlong into a collision course not only with Backpage but with judges, special interest groups, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, an internet freedom law that provides a safe haven for website publishers to advertise underage girls for sex. The film includes interviews with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), as well as former editors and writers from the Village Voice, ex-CIA analysts, FBI agents, lawyers, and others involved with these cases. I Am Jane Doe is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America. The voices of the mothers and children in the film has helped to usher in legislative change in both the House and Senate. (Dir. by Mary Mazzio, 2017, USA, 99 mins., Not Rated)