Coming to select theatres and to virtual cinema today, Friday, October 16:
BELLY OF THE BEAST
Human Rights Watch NYC 2020
Mill Valley, Heartland, Double Exposure, Cucalorus, Rocky Mountain Women’s
A woman sterilized without her consent while in prison teams with a dedicated attorney to stop the process.
When Kelli Dillon was serving time in a Californian prison for defending herself and her children from an abusive partner, she was misdiagnosed with cervical cancer. Without her consent, the treatment included the removal of her uterus. Soon, she found that this was neither an unfortunate error nor a unique case, but instead a common experience for other female inmates, particularly for other women of color. Working with attorney and activist Cynthia Chandler, Kelli fights to expose and prevent the illegal practice. Delving into America’s disturbing history of eugenics and the continued inhumane treatment of prisoners, Erika Cohn’s film profiles the hurdles still faced by those seeking to prevent racial and reproductive injustice.