DIRECTOR: Erika Cohn
PRODUCER: Angela Tucker
WORLD PREMIERE: Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2020: Opening Night Film
When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, BELLY OF THE BEAST exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.
Working with director Erika Cohn and producer Angela Tucker, I helped to complete a decade-long documentary project with intimate observational scenes and evocative footage that was interwoven with Erika's years of filming and fellow cinematographer Bianca Travis Cline's beautiful, stylized recreations.