Saturday, November 25th, 2017
6:00 pm Pre-show presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film (90 minutes)
8:30 pm Community Panel
Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa
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.
We witness the creation of an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.
Vessel premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2014, winning the Audience Award for Documentary in Competition and a Special Jury Award for Political Courage. The film was released theatrically in New York, and went on to screen at over 230 festivals and community screenings worldwide. Additional awards include the inaugural Peter Wintonick Award from Sheffield DocFest, the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award, the Moving Mountains Honorable Mention from Mountainfilm in Telluride, the Calgary Underground Audience Choice Honorable Mention, and the SIMA Lens to Action Jury Award. Vessel is available on Netflix streaming in 30 countries, and across international video-on-demand platforms.
For more information, see VESSEL site.
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Regular Ticket – $12.00
Discounted Ticket – $7.00 – children, students, seniors, underemployed
2 Film Passport – $22.00 – see the remaining 2 films on one ticket (first film of the year is Free!)
Advance ticket purchases will be available until noon on Saturday, November 25th, 2017.
Tickets will be available at the door for $15, until we are sold out. Cash only.
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Paper tickets will not be issued. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Your tickets will be noted by your e-mail address. You do not need to print anything.
Location of Screening
All screenings will be held at Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa. Parking is available on the North side of the building for a flat fee of $10. Street parking is available. Please enter the building through the door off the North parking lot. There will be a sign to indicate what room the screening will be in.
This festival is completely volunteer run. All proceeds will go to support local birth and breastfeeding groups.