Birthright: A War Story

A film by Civia Tamarkin

US | 2017 | 100 minutes | Color | DVD | English | Order No. 171207 |

BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.

Read Civia Tamarkin's director's statement here.


BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is the real-life "Handmaid’s Tale." This urgent documentary examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.


“A timely new documentary."

The Daily Beast

"Birthright: A War Story packs a powerful message: that reproduction has become perilous for women in America."

The New York Times

"...a compelling documentary that is a must-see."

Film Pulse

"BIRTHRIGHT shows Big Brother in action, and at his most misogynistic."

LA Times

"To anyone who has watched “The Handmaid’s Tale”...and says it couldn’t happen today, the documentary “Birthright: A War Story” is a strong counterargument."

Washington Post

"Tamarkin's film is a must see for all; these issues should be spoken about and understood to further encourage a movement towards safe, unstigmatized women’s health care and protection in the United States and the world."

The Colgate Maroon News


Civia Tamarkin

Civia Tamarkin is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and former television news executive. She has produced independent and cable documentaries as well as developed programming content, models and strategies for cable, internet and digital global platforms. Tamarkin formerly was a CNN executive and Executive Producer of CNN’s Emmy Award weekly news magazine show "CNN & Time." She produced investigative segments and series for ABC World News Tonight, half-hour specials for Nightline and contributed to ABC’s coverage of major news stories. Her investigative reporting led to one of the first exculpatory DNA exonerations in America as well as the exoneration of a death row inmate. She has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers and reported stories in Central America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia, including the fall of Vietnam and its aftermath. Tamarkin has received a National News and Documentary Emmy, National Emmy nominations, National Headliner Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and awards from The Society of Professional Journalists, the Overseas Press Club of America and the Chicago Headline Club. (6/17)


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