A Quiet Inquisition


2015 Season

At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients or taking a risk and providing the care that she knows can save a woman's life. In 2007, Dr. Cerrato's daily routine took a detour. The newly elected government of Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary who converted to Catholicism to win votes, overturned a 130-year-old law protecting therapeutic abortion. The new law entirely prohibits abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman's life is at stake. As Carla and her colleagues navigate this dangerous dilemma, the impact of this law emerges—illuminating the tangible reality of prohibition against the backdrop of a political, religious, and historically complex national identity. The emotional core of the story—the experiences and situations of the young women and girls who are seeking care—illustrate the ethical implications of one doctor's response.

Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn
Country of Production: 
In Spanish with English subtitles
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Alessandra Zeka
Director, Producer, Cinematographer

Since founding Adrenaline Films in 1998, Alessandra Zeka has created a dynamic cinematic style wherein her subjects tell their stories compellingly and intimately. Her work often focuses on the lives of women and gender identity.


Holen Kahn
Director, Producer, Editor

Since 1998 Holen has partnered with Adrenaline Films to produce and direct human rights based documentary films. Her work has been exhibited widely in festivals, galleries and broadcast in the U.S. and internationally.