BELLY OF THE BEAST

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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.

2020

USA

82 minutes

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)

Date

July 16, 2020