BELLY OF THE BEAST
Opening Night Film
Suggested View Time:
6:30 PM EDT / 5:30 PM CDT
Wednesday, August 12
Note: No closed captioning or subtitles available.
When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. With a growing team of investigators inside prison working with colleagues on the outside, they uncover a series of statewide crimes – from inadequate health care to sexual assault to coercive sterilizations – primarily targeting women of color. This shocking legal drama captured over 7-years features extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, demanding attention to a shameful and ongoing legacy of eugenics and reproductive injustice in the United States.
Director: Erika Cohn
Producers: Erika Cohn, Angela Tucker, Christen Marquez, Nicole Docta
Executive Producers: Geralyn Dreyfous, Blye Faust, Mark Lipson, Patty Quillin, Doree Friedman, Diane Philips
Cinematographers: Clare Major, Bianca Travis Cline
Editors: Tchavdar Georgiev, Jean Kawahara
Erika Cohn (Director, Producer)
July 16, 2020