Call-to-Action Conversations

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Attendees from all over the world may  access any of our Call-to-Action Conversations from the 2020 rePRO Film Festival for free, below. 

Featuring storytellers and activists and allies, these discussions are an essential part of our mission, and are designed to spotlight the creators who dare to tell the stories about reproductive rights, to showcase the courageous advocates and to empower us all.  

Keynote Dr. Kathleen Tarr,
Sunday, August 16, 2:00pm EDT/1:00pm CDT

Getting Played Symposium founder Kathleen Tarr, JD introduces the final day of Mama Film’s rePRO Film Festival with a keynote emphasizing the entertainment industry’s influence over societal narratives, particularly the right to choose whether to continue a pregnancy.

Day 1: rePRO Justice for Women of Color – Wednesday, August 12

5:00pm EDT / 4:00pm CDT –
rePRO Justice for Women of Color
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A Call-to-Action Conversation to amplify the reproductive healthcare injustices faced by women of color.

Films: Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story, Black Women for Wellness

Moderator: Tammy Boyd, Chief Policy Officer & Counsel, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Speaker: Nourbese Flint, Program Manager, Black Women For Wellness
Speaker: Frances Mills, Cleveland Office of Minority Health, The Healthy Neighborhoods Committee of The Healthy Cleveland Initiative

8:00pm EDT / 7:00pm CDT –
Illegal Sterilization:

A Call-to-Action Conversation to expose the history of illegal sterilization in America.

Film: Belly of the Beast

Moderator: Zsanai Epps, Special Projects Manager, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Speaker: Erika Cohn, Director, Belly of the Beast
Speaker: Christen Marquez, Producer, Belly of the Beast
Speaker: Angela Tucker, Producer, Belly of the Beast

Day 2: Believe Me, It’s My Body – Thursday, August 13

5:00pm EDT / 4:00pm CDT –
Believe Me, It’s My Body:

A Call-to-Action Conversation to empower women to demand adequate services from your healthcare providers.

Films: Tightly Wound, End-O, Birth Control Your Own Adventure

Moderator: Kineta Sealey, Esq., Policy Counsel, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Speaker: Elaine Gracie, Writer, End-O
Speaker: Alice Seabright, Director, End-O
Speaker: Melissa Boudreau, Director of Marketing, Endometriosis Foundation of America

8:00pm EDT / 7:00pm CDT –
Endometriosis 101:

A Call-to-Action Conversation to educate both women and the medical community about the need for accurate diagnoses of endometriosis.

Film: Endo-What?

Moderator: Jordan Davidson, Health Journalist
Speaker: Shannon Cohn, Director, Endo What?
Speaker: Jenneh Rishe, RN/Founder of The Endo Coalition
Speaker: Dr. Iris Orbuch, Endometriosis Specialist/Director of the Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopy Center

Day 3 – When Pregnancy Gets Complicated – Friday, August 14

3:00pm EDT / 2:00pm CDT –
When Pregnancy Gets Complicated
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A Call-to-Action Conversation to cancel the shame and embrace the struggles that often come with pregnancy and the path to get there.

Films: Avalanche, Egg Day, My American Surrogate

Moderator: Chloe Melas, Journalist, CNN
Speaker: Molly Anne Coogan, Writer/Actor, Avalanche
Speaker: Barbara Collura, President & CEO, RESOLVE

5:00pm EDT / 4:00pm CDT –
Postpartum Mental Health:

A Call-to-Action Conversation to talk openly and honestly about postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, and postpartum psychosis.

Film: Stand Still

Moderator: Alison Mariella Désir, Founder, Harlem Run and Run 4 All Women
Speaker: Isabella Wing-Davey, Director, Stand Still
Speaker: Michelle Bonnard, Writer/Actor, Stand Still
Speaker: Zoë Tapper, Writer/Actor, Stand Still
Speaker: Sarah Post, LCSW, Founder, The Village Perinatal Network

8:00pm EDT / 7:00pm CDT –
Policing Pregnancy:

A Call-to-Action Conversation that examines the growing system of laws that infringes on a pregnant woman’s bodily autonomy. 

Films:
Personhood, 62 Days

Moderator: Cindy Soohoo, Professor/Co-Director, CUNY School of Law Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic
Speaker: Jo Ardinger, Director, Personhood
Speaker: Rebecca Haimowitz, Director, 62 Days
Speaker: Indra Wood Lusero JD, Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Speaker: Breana Lipscomb, Senior Manager, Maternal Health & Human Rights, Center for Reproductive Rights

Day 4 – Let’s Talk About It – Saturday, August 15

3:00pm EDT / 2:00pm CDT –
Let’s Talk About It:

A Call-to-Action Conversation to eradicate the stigmas around the uterus. Period.

Films: My Time, Day One, Hot Flash, Flesh

Moderator: Ambreen Molitor, Senior Director of Product at Planned Parenthood’s Innovation Lab

Speaker: Giulia Gandini, Director, My Time
Speaker: Arielle Goldman, Writer/Director, Day One
Speaker: Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Lawyer/Author/Co-Founder, Period Equity
Speaker: Lynette Medley, Founder, No More Secrets

5:00pm EDT / 4:00pm CDT –
Gender Spectrum Lens:

A Call-to-Action Conversation to demand equity in healthcare services for people of all genders. 

Films: A Normal Girl, Get The Life, Vessels

Moderator: Sav Rodgers, Filmmaker
Speaker: Sean Saifa Wall, Intersex Justice Project
Speaker: Devan Rose, Actor, Get the Life
Speaker: Nigel Morton, Kansas State Organizer, URGE

8:00pm EDT / 7:00pm CDT –
Get Cliterate:

A Call-to-Action Conversation to celebrate the power of the clitoris and shatter the myths around female sexuality.

Film: The Dilemma of Desire

Moderator: Twanna Hines, Performing Artist & Entrepreneur, Funky Brown Chick

Speaker:: Maria Finitzo, Director, The Dilemma of Desire
Speaker: Sophia Wallace, Subject, The Dilemma of Desire
Speaker: Dr. Stacey Dutton, Subject, The Dilemma of Desire

Day 5 – rePRO-Choice – Sunday, August 16

3:00 PM EDT / 2:00 PM CDT –
Abortion Care: Rights and Access

A Call-to-Action Conversation that reviews the current state of the Pro-Choice movement, including who has access – and more importantly who doesn’t – and the role of younger generations.

Films: The Line, Mizuko, Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa

Moderator: Amber Tamblyn, Writer/Actor/Activist
Speaker: Melisa Resch, Director, The Line
Speaker: Janet Goldwater, Director, Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa
Speaker: Kira Dane, Writer/Director/Producer, Mizuko

5:00pm EDT / 4:00pm CDT –
ChangemakeHER Award

rePRO will present the inaugural Luminous Uterus* ChangemakeHER Award to actress and activist Martha Plimpton, for her work in fighting for women’s reproductive rights as the president/co-founder for A Is For…, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing reproductive rights and ending the stigma against abortion care. Plimpton will be the first recipient of this award, which recognizes an exceptional individual who has provided a significant contribution towards the fight for women’s reproductive healthcare, including education, awareness and activism.
Moderated by Ariana DeBose, Actor, A is For Board Member

8:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM CDT –
Abortion Care: Critical Crossroads

A Call-to-Action Conversation that aims to counter the stigma against abortion care providers by bringing to light the critical crossroads they face during daily work at women’s clinics.

Film: Our Bodies Our Doctors

Moderator: Toni M. Bond, PhD, A founding mother of Reproductive Justice, Board Chair, Interfaith Voices for Reproductive Justice
Speaker: Jan Haaken, Director, Our Bodies Our Doctors
Speaker: Julie Burkhardt, Founder/CEO, Trust Women
Speaker: Gillian Schivone MD, MS, FACOG