Filmed in the locations where the events depicted actually occurred; in the Mott Haven Housing Projects and in an actual brothel, and features a cast of non-actors / women survivors of sexual exploitation and domestic violence, Hold Me Down depicts a day in the life of a 19-year-old single mother in the Bronx who works as a stripper at an illegal nightclub to support her child.
Written and directed by Swedish director Niclas Gillis, Hold Me Down was made with support from The Swedish Film Institute, Sveriges Television, and IFP. Following its world premiere at the Gothenburg International Film Festival, Hold Me Down has been celebrated for its authoritative realism and the outstanding performances of the cast.
The Phillips Collection will be hosting a screening of Hold Me Down on Thursday, October 18, at 6 pm. Following the film, the director Niclas Gillis will be in conversation with Klaus Ottmann, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Academic Affairs at The Phillips Collection. Tickets available.