Based on true events, Hold Me Down depicts a day in the life of a 19-year-old single mother who works as a stripper at an illegal nightclub to support her child in the South Bronx. It is 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.
Produced by More Media (moremedia.tv), The Collectif, and Bob Film Sweden with support from IFP, the Swedish Film Institute and Sveriges Television.
Hear some of the women involved talk about their own lives in the videos below.
Tianna Allen: vimeo.com/260164479
Tanisha Lambright: vimeo.com/260161969
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Writer, Director, Editor: Niclas Gillis
Producers: Niclas Gillis, Stephen Buchanan, Anette Brantin
Associate Producer: Prince Combs
Starring: Tianna Allen, Prince Combs, Tanisha Lambright, Cheryl Juniaus, Anaya Ba, Nichole Adams, Miranda Collier, Syrah & Serenity Harris.
DoP: Steve Annis
Original Score: Jonas Söderman Bohlin
Sound Design: Aleksander Karshikoff