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I am Jane Doe (2017)

I Am Jane Doe (original title)
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This intense documentary follows real cases of American girls enslaved in the child sex trade through ads in a newspaper's online classified section.


Mary Mazzio


Jonathan Alter (story), Bob Fitzgerald (story) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Erik Bauer ... Self - Attorney for 'J.S.' and several other Jane Does
John Montgomery ... Self - Lead Attorney for 'Jane Doe', Fmr. Managing Partner, Ropes & Gray
Rob Portman ... Self (as Senator Rob Portman)
Claire McCaskill ... Self (as Senator Claire McCaskill)
John McCain ... Self (as Senator John McCain)
Heidi Heitkamp ... Self (as Senator Heidi Heitkamp)
Cindy McCain ... Self - Co-Chair, Arizona Human Trafficking Council
Swanee Hunt ... Self - Chair, Demand Abolition (as Ambassador Swanee Hunt)
Nacole ... Self - Mother of 'J.S.'
Tom ... Self - Father of 'J.S.'
Kubiiki Pride ... Self - Mother of 'M.A.'
J.S. ... Self - Tom and Nacole's Daughter (as Jane Doe "J.S." - Seattle)
M.A. ... Self - Kubiiki's Daughter (as Jane Doe "M.A." - St. Louis)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Amala ... Self - Partner, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, 'J.S.' Legal Team
Wayne Barrett ... Self - Fmr. Senior Editor, The Village Voice, Newsweek Contributor


The epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice. Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, 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into a collision course not only with Backpage but with judges, powerful corporations, special interest groups, and an outdated internet freedom law that has been interpreted by federal judges to protect websites from any responsibility for hosting ads which sell underage girls. 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. Written by Amy DePaola

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Speak Out. Fight Back.




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Incomplete Portrayal
30 May 2017 | by fsills-47066See all my reviews

I really want to give this more stars because it explores the trafficking situation really well, however, there is no explanation as to WHY the other side is fighting against allowing speech censorship on the internet. Internet freedom of speech is a dissertation unto itself- it is not a simple black/white issue. I think pretending the other side had no argument (just "greedy & evil") was an oversimplification. Some of the speakers were part of the Village Voice. I have no doubt that those journalists had informed opinions on the topic that were simply edited out of the film.

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10 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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