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45 Years of Women Make Movies

Birthright: A War Story

Dir. Civia Tamarkin, US, 2017, 100 min.

Co-sponsored by Penn Medicine, PEACE: Comprehensive family planning and urgent pregnancy care


Followed by a Q&A with health care providers and film director Civia Tamarkin

Birthright: A War Story
is the real-life version of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” In America today, a radical movement has tightened its grip on state power, seeking to control whether and how women bear children. In this crusade, pregnant women are subject to state control, surveillance, and punishment. Even women who don’t want an abortion face shocking risks—like the pregnant woman in Alabama who faced criminal charges for taking half a Valium. Or like the grieving woman in Nebraska who, already devastated by a bleak diagnosis at 22 weeks, was forced to continue an unviable and dangerous pregnancy because of a new "fetal pain" law. Birthright: A War Story tells these stories of women caught up in a frightening new legal system, which criminalizes and physically violates women, threatens our lives, and challenges our constitutional protections.