"I wanna save these girls. I wanna help them. I wanna help them save themselves." (From the film)


SUMMARY

Thousands of possibilities come to mind when you hear the word lifestyle. However, the neglected young daughters of low-income families living in Chicago, use the word 'lifestyle' to define their life consisting of sex-working and drug abuse. Brenda Myers-Powell or 'Breezy' as she called herself then, dominated the streets living the lifestyle for 25 years, recruiting other young girls as well as her daughters to do the same until a violent encounter with a client put her into the hospital and she finally 'woke up'. Master documentarian Kim Longinotto follows the dreamcatcher Brenda and the brave wave of change she is creating by devoting herself to support under-risk teenage girls, sex workers and imprisoned women of Chicago to show them that the 'lifestyle' is not their only choice.

FESTIVALS

2015 SUNDANCE DIRECTING AWARD: WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY, ROTTERDAM

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Kim Longinotto (1952, UK) studied English and European Literature at the University of Essex. She then went on to study Camera and Directing at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in Beaconsfield. Since then, she has directed socially committed documentaries which feature women and their rights and position in society.

CREDITS


  • Director
    KIM LONGINOTTO
  • Screenplay
    LISA STEVENS
  • Cinematography
    KIM LONGINOTTO
  • Editing
    OLLIE HUDDLESTON
  • Music
    STUART EAR
  • Participant(s)
    BRENDA MYERS-POWELL
  • Producer
    TEDDY LEIFER, LISA STEVENS
  • Production Co.
    DOGWOOF
  • Distributor
    DOGWOOF,