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Ventre Livre
Freeing the Womb
A film by Ana Luiza Azevedo
Brazil, 1995, 45 minutes, Color, VHS, Subtitled
Order No. W99089
VENTRE LIVRE paints a grim picture of reproductive rights for millions of women in Brazil today. One in every four women of child-bearing age has been sterilized — often in her teens. And, with no access to other forms of contraception, over two million women resort to illegal abortions every year — leading to an estimated 50,000 deaths. VENTE LIVRE intercuts moving interviews with a range of different women describing their own experiences with statistics on the poor state of healthcare for women.

"Ventre Livre" may be purchased and/or rented as part of the series "Women's Lives and Choices" which was produced by Daniel Riesenfeld for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. All three films in the series are available for the special price of $295

Part of the series Women's Lives and Choices

Ventre Livre


    “A searing indictment of Brazil’s record on women’s human rights.”
    Television Trust for the Environment Moving Pictures Bulletin

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