Las Libres, a Mexican documentary about the struggle to free women convicted for homicide and thrown in jail for having abortions is coming to a theater (possibly) near you. And you’ll want to see it.
We’ve written about Las Libres before, but in case you missed it, the documentary focuses on how Las Libres, a women’s human’s rights organization in Mexico, fought to free six women who had been incarcerated and convicted of homicide for terminating their pregnancies. (One of the women hadn’t even had an abortion, but had miscarried. But that didn’t matter.) All of them were sentenced to between 20 and 30 years in jail. As I wrote:
The case of Adriana Manzanares is a especially frightening example of the way different forms of sexism interact. Adriana didn’t actually terminate her pregnancy. She miscarried. And when her community found out, they threw stones at her. Even more perverse is the fact that Adriana miscarried because she had already been hit with stones and rocks for committing adultery. Adriana’s husband had been gone for years working in the United States, so she started a relationship with a man who would become her boyfriend and became pregnant. When her husband came back he beat his pregnant wife. Then Adriana’s father beat her. And finally, members of the community beat her. So some of the very people who beat Adriana and caused her miscarriage would later throw stones at her for miscarrying.
And now, you can see the movie, which is going on tour! The documentary, as well as its director and representatives Las Libres will be at the U.S. premiere this Thursday, July 17th, at NYU, where it will be presented by the Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. And the movie will also be having various screenings in Mexico and Argentina. If you want to bring the movie to your community, reach out to them on Facebook.
And catch the trailer below.
Full disclosure: Katie Halper knows and loves Karina Gonzalez, who is the communications director for Las Libres organization.