Belly of the Beast

Screenings

June 11, 2020June 20, 2020
(All day) /
New York digital edition
Film available to stream across the US from June 11-20
June 11, 2020
8:00 PM /
New York digital edition
Watch the Q&A from Thurs June 11 w/ filmmaker Erika Cohn, Producer Angela Tucker, HRW's Acting Women's Rights Co-Director Amanda Klasing and film participants Kelli Dillon & Cynthia Chandler
QA Session with the Filmmaker
Thank you to everyone who joined our digital film festival screening + live Q&A on June 11. You can still watch the film until June 20, and view the recording of the Q&A with filmmaker Erika Cohn, Producer Angela Tucker, HRW's Women's Rights Acting Co-Director Amanda Klasing & film participants Kelli Dillon & Cynthia Chandler here on our Facebook page  
 

Film description: When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal involuntary sterilizations in California’s women’s prison system, they take to the courtroom to wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. With a growing team of investigators inside prison working with colleagues on the outside, they uncover a series of statewide crimes - from dangerously inadequate health care to sexual assault to coercive sterilizations - primarily targeting women of color. But no one believes them. This shocking legal drama captured over seven years features extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated women, demanding our attention to a shameful and ongoing legacy of eugenics and reproductive injustice in the United States.

 “I have the power to change lives with the awareness of what happened to me.” 

- Kelli Dillon, Belly of the Beast

Filmmaker(s): 
Erika Cohn
Country of Production: 
United States
Year: 
2020
82m
Language(s): 
English
Genre: 
Documentary
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Erika Cohn
Director

Erika Cohn is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning director/producer who Variety recognized as one of 2017’s top documentary filmmakers to watch and was featured in DOC NYC’s 2019 “40 Under 40.” Most recently, Erika completed THE JUDGE, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated film about the first woman judge appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a courts, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ 2018 Independent Lens series. Erika co-directed/produced, IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST, an Emmy award-winning, feature documentary about young Pacific Islander men pursuing their dreams of playing professional football, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS’ 2016 Independent Lens series. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including a Director’s Guild of America award for her film, WHEN THE VOICES FADE, a narrative profile of the Lebanese-Israeli war of 2006, and has been a featured panelist/speaker at various film festivals and university conferences across the globe. Her work has been supported by IFP, the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Institute, Hot Docs, Sheffield, ITVS, Women in Film, BAVC and the CPB Producer’s Academy among others. Erika grew up attending the Sundance Film Festival as a native Utahn, where she first began her career. She studied at Chapman University (California) and Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and has degrees in Film Production, Middle East Studies, and Acting Performance. In 2013, Erika founded Idle Wild Films, Inc., which has released three feature documentaries and produced numerous branded content and commercial spots, including Gatorade’s “Win from Within” series, for which she received a 2016 Webby award nomination.