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“The People v. Aissatou Ba”
An immigrant housekeeper picks up the pieces of her life as the man who assaulted her walks free.
Months after the case against wealthy German diplomat Henrik Keppler is thrown out, Aissatou Ba—the housekeeper he allegedly assaulted—struggles to reassemble a life for herself and her daughter.
Inspired by the New York v. Strauss-Kahn case, THE PEOPLE v. AISSATOU BA is a story about a Guinean immigrant housekeeper and single mother trying to live a normal life after a sexual assault case pits her and her daughter against the American justice system.
But how will she find justice and her lost dignity?
Writer/Director: Iquo B. Essien
DP: Michael Rossetti
Assistant Director: Pamela Moriarty
2nd AD: Leah Teplin
2nd 2nd AD: Chris Zou
Co-producer: Belynda M'baye
Production Designer: Taryn Jones
Costume Designer: Eniola Dawodu
Script Supervisor: Jill Cohen
About the Production:
Inspired by the New York v. Strauss-Kahn case, THE PEOPLE v. AISSATOU BA asks the question: What price does Aissatou pay for telling the truth?
It's a critical question with real-life social justice implications.
Hotel unions report that sexual harassment, requests for sex, and assaults go underreported because housekeepers--largely immigrant, single mothers--are scared to lose their jobs. In life, as in film, no matter what the cost, the price of silence is too high. Through this film, I give voice to a true story that occurs behind closed doors every day.
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