Belly of the Beast (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 22m

This film will be available for viewing March 15th - 28th

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 young woman who was involuntarily sterilized at the age of 24 while incarcerated 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.

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Director

Erika Cohn

Producer

Angela Tucker

Producer

Christen Marquez

Producer

Erika Cohn

Producer

Nicole Docta

Executive Producer

Geralyn Dreyfous

Executive Producer

Blye Faust

Executive Producer

Mark Lipson

Executive Producer

Patty Quilin

Executive Producer

Doree Friedman

Executive Producer

Diane Philips

Executive Producer

Lois Vossen

Executive Producer

Sally Jo Fifer

Editor

Jean Kawahara

Cinematographer

Clare Major

Cinematographer

Bianca Travis Cline

Composer

Omar Fadel

Language

English

Subtitles

English

Country

United States

Studio

Idle Wild Films

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