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Reproductive Rights Film Festival

November 8 - November 9


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keep abortion legal

In response to recent legislation, this two-day festival presents feature films that investigate, explore, and celebrate the various facets of the fight for safe abortion access throughout the country. Award-winning filmmakers come together to present these works, along with talkbacks and introductions.

On opening night, directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg introduce their film Reversing Roe (2018, 99 min.), which investigates, through interviews with abortion rights advocates and opponents, the long-term political campaign to overturn Roe v. Wade. After the film, reproductive justice organizer Senti Sojwal of Planned Parenthood moderates a conversation among Stern, Sundberg, and Nancy Northup, President of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Second day schedule:

11 am: Trapped (Dawn Porter, 2016, 81 min.) reveals the work of abortion clinic workers and lawyers after hundreds of regulations known as “TRAP” (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws were passed, restricting access to abortions in certain U.S. states.
1 pm: Abortion: Stories Women Tell (Tracy Droz Tragos, 2016, 93 min.) reroutes the abortion debate away from the political realm and toward the perspectives of women, through a range of conversations with women and patients in Missouri. Tracy Droz Tragos introduces the film.
2:45 pm: Conversation among filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos, Alessandra Zeka, Holen Kahn, and Diana Whitten.

4 pm: A Quiet Inquisition (Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn, 2014, 65 min.) focuses on Nicaraguan public hospital OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato, who must choose between following a new law that bans all abortions (after Nicaragua’s 130 years of abortion protection), or providing care she knows can save lives. Alessandra Zeka introduces the film.

5:10 pm: Vessel (Diana Whitten, 2014, 90 min.) follows the work of Women on Waves. Housed on a ship, the Dutch pro-choice organization travels around the world to provide safe abortions at sea for women who have no legal alternative—and trains women to give themselves safe abortions. Diana Whitten introduces the film.

Tickets are $16 and include Museum general admission (purchase tickets for Pierre Cardin separately). Free for Members. Not a Member? Join today!

To request accommodations such as assistive listening devices, American Sign Language interpretation, and open captioning, email us at [email protected]


November 8
November 9
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Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238