The Janes

Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Q&A following the 7pm show will include: Tia Lessin (director) and Emma Pildes (director), Amanda Klasing (Associate Director, Women’s Rights Division, HRW), Chanel Porchia-Alberts (Founder Ancient Song Doula Services and Birth and Reproductive Justice Activist)., Abby Pariser (film participant), Heather Booth (film participant), Shelia Smith (film participant) and Laura Kaplan (film participant)

In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the South Side of Chicago – arresting and charging seven women who were part of a clandestine network. Using code names, fronts, and safe houses to protect their identities and their work, they built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable abortions in the pre-Roe v. Wade era – a time when abortion was a crime in most states and even circulating information about abortion was a felony in Illinois. They called themselves “Jane.” Oscar-nominated Tia Lessin and Emmy-nominated Emma Pildes’ revelatory documentary could not be more timely – THE JANES offers first-hand accounts from the women at the center of the group, many speaking on the record for the first time. This galvanizing documentary tells the story of our past and, potentially, our future.

“THE JANES highlights the real dangers of restrictive abortion laws and the harms of criminalizing abortion. It really shows just how much is at stake right now in the US.”- Annerieke Smaak Daniel, Researcher, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Screening as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2022

All cinemas are wheelchair accessible.Fully subtitled in English. Closed Captions and Audio Description available in English in-person and online. Assistive listening devices available for all screenings. Please visit individual venue websites or contact individual box offices for details and note that equipment is subject to availability. Post-screening discussions will offer CART (live transcription).

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 101 minutes
  • Distributor Human Rights Watch FF
  • Director Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes
  • Producer Emma Pildes, Daniel Arcana, Jessica Levin
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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