Belly of the Beast

Told through the eyes of current and formerly incarcerated women in the California state prison system, this documentary chronicles the journey of those challenging an indifferent criminal justice system for their right to bear children. Their experiences reveal a pattern of coercive and non-consensual sterilizations of women in prison, which have been directed almost exclusively toward women of color.

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Christen Hepuakoa Marquez
Los Angeles, CA
TVPRG - ITVS subgrant


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