Thursday, July 16, 2015

Screening of "Vessel"

More than 70 people filled the auditorium at The ARTS at Marks Garage for the Hawai’i premier screening of “Vessel:  Past Land, Past Law, Past Permission” this past Tuesday (July 14th).  The screening, was co-sponsored by  Revolution Books, World Can't Wait-Hawai`i, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and the ARTS at Marks Garage, brought together veteran pro-choice activists and supporters from a variety of organizations, as well as some who were new to the movement.

The film documents the efforts of a young doctor, Rebecca Gomperts, who is  horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion laws around the world, and feels compelled to challenge  this.  

“Vessel” takes you onboard as the Women on Waves project takes to the seas to bring women the knowledge and tools to help them exercise the “most basic right” to control when and if they have children.   Their methods are bold and audacious, and constantly evolve to meet the needs and possibilities the project faces as it goes to different communities and countries.   

This is not a boring documentary!  The women are audacious, determined, and daring.  As the film was screened you could feel the audience responding as people clapped, laughed and sometimes commented to their neighbors and many stayed to ask an excellent panel questions relating to the film.    This is a film that should be seen by everyone!    Vessel has just been made available on Netflix.   If you don’t have Netflix call Revolution Books (944-3106) and arrange to borrow a copy for private viewings.   An interview with the film director is also available here..   

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