The Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project at the ACLU of Pennsylvania has re-launched the timeless and timely documentary, Motherless: a legacy of loss from illegal abortion. This half-hour documentary by award-winning filmmakers Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, and Diane Pontius, is the powerful story of four individuals who lost their mothers to unsafe and illegal abortion before Roe v. Wade.
Exactly 20 years after the film's creation, the re-launch seeks to remind us of the relevance of the issues raised in Motherless in today's political climate. The culmination of our re-launch efforts are happening now (October 22nd through 28th) where supporters are hosting house parties to screen the film and use the curricula we designed on our website to facilitate meaningful discussion and dialogue following the film. If you are still interested, house parties of any size and with any group of people are welcome! Along with house parties, we are hosting a blog carnival, a twitter festival and encouraging supporters to bring issues surrounding Motherless to the forefront of the political conversation. At the end of the re-launch, October 29th, we will be hosting a celebratory Watch Motherless party at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.
On the 29th, we invite you to join filmmakers Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater and other activists to watch and discuss the film, and hear about how these filmmakers leverage their art to support reproductive justice. Attie and Goldwater are 2011 recipients of a Leeway Transformation Award and 2005 Pew Fellows in the Arts.
This free event is held in conjunction with the Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Leeway Foundation and the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and made possible by David and Linda Glickstein's belief in the power of art to shape a just future
The October 29th event will run from 5pm to 7:15pm at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Here is the program for the evening:
- 5pm-6pm Galleries open to those who RSVP
- 6pm-7pm Motherless screening and discussion
- 7pm-7:15pm Wine and cheese
You can register here. We hope to see you there for this powerful screening. You can also follow the entire re-launch on twitter and use #watchmotherless to make sure your friends and family know about this important documentary.