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Film: Belly of the Beast, Screening and Filmmaker Discussion

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Event Type:
San Francisco Public Library
Location Details:
[ONLINE] San Francisco Main Library

Activists against coerced sterilization in California women's prisons, Kelli Dillon and Cynthia Chandler, discuss their work after an online screening of the film which documents their battle with the Department of Corrections.

Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, Belly Of The Beast exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons. 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. Dillon, a courageous woman who was involuntarily sterilized at the facility, teams up with Chandler, 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.

Kelli Dillon is the Co-Chairperson for the Empowerment Congress Southeast Neighborhood Council. She is a survivor of domestic/gang violence and an advocate for violence prevention and intervention programs.

Cynthia Chandler has dedicated her life to achieving gender and racial justice while challenging violence in all its forms, including imprisonment. Cynthia is an always-bold founder, coach, and life-learner with over 25 years' experience as a social entrepreneur, activist, academic and attorney.

Wanda Sabir is a journalist (Wanda's Picks), college professor, visual artist, Depth Psychologist and poet who believes in the power of art to change and shape social movements as well as assist in trauma healing and memory reclamation work.

Added to the calendar on Thu, Oct 20, 2022 8:03AM
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