Screening: "Belly of the Beast" (Illegal Sterilizations in California’s Women’s Prisons)

05aprAll Day09Screening: "Belly of the Beast" (Illegal Sterilizations in California’s Women’s Prisons)

Event Details

The Carceral Ecologies Lab, run by ISG Assistant Professor Nicholas Shapiro , is co-hosting a screening of the film “Belly of the Beast” with the Bruin Resource Center and the Underground Scholars Initiative.

About the film:

When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons, they 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 inadequate health care to sexual assault to coercive sterilizations — primarily targeting women of color. This shocking legal drama captured over 7-years features extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, demanding attention to a shameful and ongoing legacy of eugenics and reproductive injustice in the United States.

The screening has two components:

1) An asynchronous screening of the film “Belly of the Beast” (you can watch anytime between now and 11pm Friday but preferably before the discussion). Register here.  (Scroll down to the bottom of your Eventbrite emailed registration for the password to access the film)

2) A live post-film discussion with Women’s Rights Advocate Courtney Hooks (featured in the film). Friday, April 9th for 5-5:30 PM PT Register here.

For questions about the event please contact Savannah Ramirez:



april 5 (Monday) - 9 (Friday)(GMT-07:00)

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