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Film Screening: Vessel

China Women's Film Festival: Vessel

Date and Time: Saturday 10 March, 7.30-9.00 PM
Location: China Women's Film Festival Office, Room 2717, Shui On Centre, Wan Chai


About Vessel:

Director: Diana Whitten
Netherlands | 2014 | 90’ | Documentary
English and Chinese with English and Chinese subtitles

Nominated for Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival (2014)
Won Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival (2014)
Won Best Documentary Feature at the SXSW Film Festival (2014)

Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockades. But with each setback comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills.

Director Biography:
Diana Whitten directs, produces, and shoots documentary film, and design media campaigns centered around social justice docs. After receiving her masters from the New School in International Studies, I became the Director of Communications at Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, tasked with using media tools and documentary film to build the legacy of the program, and unite an alumni community of over 4,300 international social justice activists.


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