Freehand

A police sketch artist works with the survivor of a sexual assault to come up with a drawing of the suspect.

Written and directed by Adam Turkel
Produced by Bria Kalpen

Starring Heidi Drennan, Lily Santiago, and Noah LaPook

Composite drawing is often an overlooked phase of a criminal investigation. For the witness or victim who must describe what they saw, the experience can be difficult and painful. FREEHAND follows a forensic sketch artist as she works with the survivor of a sexual assault, a college-age girl. By the time their interview is complete, however, the girl is not the only one who recognizes the drawing of the suspect. FREEHAND deals directly with the erasure of women’s stories of assault, forcing us to reckon with how we recognize other people and what informs our perception of them in the first place.

Northwestern University Department of Radio/Television/Film
Studio 22 Productions

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