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Vessel

Diana Whitten / United States / 2014 / 88 ' / English - Arabic - Dutch - Portuguese - Spanish - Swahili / S.T. English

Credits

Simeon Hutner
Diana Whitten
Emily Hubley
Emilie Liu
Todd Griffin
Heather McIntosh
Diana Whitten, Mitchell Block & Elissa Brown
Sovereignty Productions
Executive Producers: Abigail E. Disney, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous & Jenny Raskin

Awards & Festivals

Winner: Audience Choice Award, Documentary Feature Competition, SXSW Film Festival 2014
Winner: Special Jury Recognition for Political Courage, SXSW Film Festival 2014
Winner: Peter Wintonick Award, Sheffield DocFest 2014
Winner: Adrienne Shelley Award for Excellence, Nantucket Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: Mountain Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: Sheffield International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: San Francisco DocFest 2014
Official Selection: Nantucket Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: Boston Independent Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: Hot Docs, Toronto 2014
Official Selection: Sarasota Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: Bergen International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection: New Orleans Film Festival 2014

Upcoming Screenings

Stay tuned for upcoming screenings!

In Production

Brave activists sail across the world to provide abortions to women with no access to them, and to exchange expertise with local reproductive rights groups.

Synopsis

Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea.  Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this issue; her method: provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.

Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockade.  But with each roadblock comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to safely give themselves abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills.

From there we witness her create an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the radical cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.

 

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