In collaboration with Aspen Film. Generously underwritten by Leonard Lauder and Jane and Michael Eisner.
“‘I Am Jane Doe” may be the rare social-issue documentary that has an effect on a social issue.” – The Washington Post
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. 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 political movement that now includes a Senate investigation. 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.
Click here to view the trailer
Director Mary Mazzio and President of the Markle Foundation Zoe Baird will be featured in a post-screening discussion.
Please join us for a reception before the film from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Paepcke Auditorium. Wine and cheese included in the price of the ticket.
Fee: $20. Tickets at www.aspenshowtix.com.
Society of Fellows may reserve complimentary tickets to this event by emailing SOF@aspeninstitute.org or calling 970.544.7980.