Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: Vessel

Thu, August 2, 2018 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1005 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library. Every month, Austin Public Library hosts a documentary film screening and a moderated discussion around a current controversial topic.

August's screening of VESSEL (2014) focuses on the work of Women on Waves, an organization founded by Dutch physician and activist Rebecca Gomperts. The organization, founded in 1999, aims to provide medical abortions in international waters to women whose countries restrict or prohibit the procedure. Winner of SXSW's audience award, the film follows Gomperts as she travels from country to country, eventually using the organization's notoriety to stage demonstrations and further her advocacy work. The film details the original roots of Women on Waves, as well as the challenges and controversies surrounding the project.

Watch the trailer.

The screening will begin at 6:30PM, to be followed by a brief community conversation. Refreshments will be provided. 

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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