Belly of the Beast: Reproductive Injustice in Prisons

PRESENTED BY: Online Event
6:00 PM, Sunday, September 12, 2021 PST
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

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Learn about prisoner rights, reproductive justice, and the fight to hold the California Department of Corrections accountable for a pattern of abuse.

Join the Social Justice Film Institute, Fix Democracy First, the Meaningful Movies Project, Meaningful Movies Tacoma and Meaningful Movies Spokane with UUCS for a limited online stream of the award-winning documentary ‘Belly of the Beast’ from September 10 – 12.  On September 12th, please join us for a virtual Q and A about incarcerated people’s rights and how that relates to reproductive health.

Directed by Erika Cohn, ‘Belly of the Beast’ exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons. When an unlikely duo 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 in the United States.

Register here to watch the film on-demand from Friday, September 10th to Sunday, September 12th, then tune in to a virtual Q & A with reproductive health and incarcerated people’s rights activist Courtney Hooks to discuss systems of violence and sterilization abuse in women’s prisons. A link to view the film will be emailed to registrants on Friday, September 10th.

Special Guests: Courtney Hooks

Sponsors: Social Justice Film Institute Fix Democracy First Meaningful Movies Tacoma Meaningful Movies Spokane with UCCS

Release Year: 2020

Running Time: 82 min

Director: Erika Cohn

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