Salt Lake City native Erika Cohn (In Football We Trust, The Judge) newest film is a powerful example of how filmmaking can open our eyes to issues that may otherwise be pushed out of the public by the powers at be. Please join us for this special free live stream of Belly of the Beast – limited to just 150 tickets.
The pastoral farmlands surrounding the Central California Women’s Facility, the world’s largest women’s prison, help conceal the reproductive and human rights violations transpiring inside its walls. A courageous woman who was involuntarily sterilized at the facility, teams up with a radical lawyer to stop these violations. They spearhead investigations that uncover a series of statewide crimes, primarily targeting women of color, from inadequate access to healthcare to sexual assault to illegal sterilization. Together, with a team of tenacious heroines, both in and out of prison, they take to the courtroom to fight for reparations. But no one believes them. As additional damning evidence is uncovered by the Center for Investigative Reporting, a media frenzy and series of hearings provide hope for some semblance of justice. Yet, doctors and prison officials contend that the procedures were in each person’s best interest and of an overall social benefit. Invoking the weight of the historic stain and legacy of eugenics, Belly of the Beast presents a decade long, infuriating contemporary legal drama.
RSVP quickly for a spot at this limited advance screening, as tickets may sell out. If you miss your chance to see the film with us, check for local and national virtual cinema rental opportunities at bellyofthebeastfilm.com/watch or on PBS’s Independent Lens, premiering November 23rd.