New Release BELLY OF THE BEAST Opens in Theaters on October 16!

Updated October 15, 2020

A New York Times’ Critics Pick, listed as a new documentary to watch by CBS News, and predicted by VARIETY to be an Oscar contender, new WMM release BELLY OF THE BEAST opened on 10/14 at the Roxie in San Francisco, and will open on 10/16 at the Laemmle Theather in LA, the O Cinema in Miami, AFI Silver in DC and venues in New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York before going on to other theaters around the country. (See dates and listings below.)

This powerful film, made by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning and nominated filmmakers, has an original song from nine-time Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige. “I was moved by Erika Cohn’s important documentary,” said Blige, “I immediately knew I wanted to be involved and was inspired to write a song that would amplify the voices of women in prison.” VARIETY recently predicted that Blige’s song is a strong contender for Best Original Song at the Oscars and that it will be nominated for a Grammy. Hear a portion of the song in the trailer.

With recent stories in the New York Times, NPR, and other outlets about unnecessary hysterectomies being performed in ICE detention centers, the release of BELLY OF THE BEAST, an investigation of forced sterilizations in California prisons, could not be more timely.

The film — which has attracted the attention of celebrities such as Common, QTip, and Yvette Brown — premiered as the opening night film at Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York in June and has upcoming festival screenings at the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival.

BELLY OF THE BEAST is available to preorder for sale and to book for virtual screenings.


Mill Valley Film Festival – Mill Valley, CA  October 8-18, Tickets & Info
Heartland Film Festival – Indianapolis, IN  October 8-18 Tickets & Info
Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival – Washington, DC  October 14-18 Tickets & Info
Roxie Theater – San Francisco, CA  October 14 Tickets & Info
AFI Silver – Washington DC  October 16 Tickets & Info
Chelsea Theater – Chapel Hill, NC October 16 Tickets & Info
Coolidge Corner Theater – Boston, MA October 16 Tickets & Info
Downing Center – Newburgh, NY October 16 Tickets & Info
Facets Cinématique – Chicago, IL October 16 Tickets & Info
Fine Arts Theater – Asheville, NC October 16 Tickets & Info
Grail Moviehouse – Asheville, NC October 16 Tickets & Info
Laemmle Theater – Los Angles, CA October 16 Tickets & Info
Lefont Film Society – Atlanta, GA October 16 Tickets & Info
Little Theater – Rochester, NY October 16 Tickets & Info
Midtown Cinema -Harrisburg, PA October 16 Link Coming Soon
New Orleans Film Society – New Orleans, LA  October 16 Tickets & Info
Northwest Film Forum – Seattle, WA  October 16 Tickets & Info
O Cinema – Miami, FL October 16 Tickets & Info
Salt Lake Film Society – Salt Lake City, UT October 16 Tickets & Info
Smith Rafael Film Center – San Rafael, CA  October 16 Tickets & Info
The Strand Theater – Rockland, ME October 16 Link Coming Soon
The Tull Family Theater – Sewickley, PA October 16 Tickets & Info
Amherst Cinema Arts – Amherst, MA October 21 Tickets & Info
A/perture Cinema – Winston-Salem, NC October 21 Tickets & Info
Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM October 21 Coming Soon
Austin Film Society – Austin, TX October 30 Coming Soon
Maysles Documentary Center – New York, NY October 30 Tickets & Info
Cucalorus Film Festival – Wilmington, NC + Virtual  November 11-12  Tickets & Info
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival – Colorado Springs, CO + Virtual November 13-21 Tickets & Info
UC Davis Human Rights Film Festival – Davis, CA + Virtual November 19 Tickets & Info
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