October 21 – 22
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Judge Serita’s courtroom has all the bureaucratic trappings familiar to a judicial building, but something is different: women dominate the space—lawyers, counselors, translators, defendants, and Serita herself. She presides over the Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Queens, which combats indictments of sex workers who are the victims of opportunistic arrests at local massage parlors. Exuberant counselor Eliza Hook greets her clients with a non-judgmental approach, “we’re not here for any other reason than to support you, ‘cause we also hate court.” This film wowed at Hot Docs and Tribeca, adding to an already impressive roster for award-winning documentarian Stephanie Wang-Breal and her all-star crew. -KM
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