6.13.17 - Film Screening of La Operación

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Showing of La Operación & Discussion

Tues., June 13, 6:30-8:00pm

Cyclops Cinema, 10 E University Ave

Join us for a showing of La Operación: a documentary on the social policy of female sterilization in Puerto Rico. The film was directed by Ana María García in 1982; at that time, Puerto Rico had the highest rate of sterilization in the world. Over one-third of its women had undergone what is commonly referred to as "la operación" (the operation). 

The film includes interviews with working-class and middle-class women from different racial and ethnic backgrounds who went through the procedure, discussion on women factory workers being pressured to be sterilized, as well as Puerto Rico functioning as a testing ground for U.S. pharmaceutical companies working on the effectiveness of the birth control pill.

Discussion to follow.