Director: Mary Mazzio
Genre:Documentry, Biography, Crime
Called “a gripping legal thriller” (Esquire); “a powerful call to action” (The Los Angeles Times); “viscerally emotional” (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.
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.
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.
- THE NEW YORKER:“I Am Jane Doe” Takes on Backpage
- THE NEW YORK TIMES: “I Am Jane Doe” Takes Aim at Escort Ads
- WASHINGTON POST: A disturbing look at Internet-enabled exploitation
- LOS ANGELES TIMES: Child exploitation, free speech and net neutrality tangle in fervent documentary ‘I Am Jane Doe’
- CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: ‘I Am Jane Doe’ lucidly presents important subject
- PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: The local angle on new documentary, I Am Jane Doe
- VOGUE: A New Movie Spotlights the Teenagers Working to Expose Child Sex Trafficking
- PEOPLE: New Documentary I Am Jane Doe Focuses on Victims’ Fight Against Online Child Sex Trafficking
- WGBH BOSTON: ‘I Am Jane Doe’
- WBUR BOSTON: A Portrait Of American Avarice, ‘I Am Jane Doe’ Brings Backpage Controversy To The Screen
- GLENN BECK: 9/25/17 – ‘I Am Jane Doe’ (w/ Mary Mazzio)
- NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: ‘I Am Jane Doe’ dives into dark world of online sex trafficking
- TRUCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING: I am Jane Doe
- HUFFINGTON POST: Mary Mazzio. What A Real Hero Looks Like
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ‘I Am Jane Doe’ Film Review
- FILM JOURNAL: I Am Jane Doe Film Review