Friday, January 9 - Thursday, January 15, 2015

VESSEL is the real-life story of a woman who transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement. Moved by the plight of desperate women in countries with restrictive reproductive rights, Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts founded Women on Waves, which uses laws governing international waters to bring much-needed abortion and contraceptive services to those with no other recourse. Despite a quagmire of legal, religious, political and logistical obstacles, Gomperts and her impassioned team persevere, coming up with creative solutions that enable them to educate and empower women around the world to take charge of their own bodies.

Audience Award, SXSW

Official selection: DOC NYC


  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 88 minutes
  • Director Diana Whitten

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