Social Change Film Series Continues with "No Más Bebés"

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 1, 2018—The Williams College Davis Center, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Multicultural Education Resource Center, and the Bennington College Engagement Center, will co-host a screening of the film No Más Bebés as part of the Social Change Film Series on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Sullivan Lounge.

A conversation with Hannah Noel, assistant professor of English and communications at MCLA, will follow the film screening. Noel, who graduated from Williams in 2008, specializes in mass media, cultural studies, and racial theory.

Released in 2015 at the Los Angeles Film Festival, No Más Bebés is a documentary film that recounts the stories of Latina immigrant women in Los Angeles who were involuntarily sterilized after giving birth in the 1960s and 1970s. In the film, the women share details of their experience and discuss the impact this event has had on their family and community. Members of the women’s families are also featured, many of whom share emotional reactions to their loved one’s experience.

The film also looks at the pushback from the Chicana rights movement; in particular, the Madrigal v. Quilligan case in which these women and their families sued the hospital that performed the sterilizations. Footage of this trial also spotlights the work of lawyer Antonia Hernandez, who built her career challenging powerful institutions, such as the hospital placed on trial in this lawsuit.

The screening is part of the 2018-2019 Social Change Film Series organized by the Davis Center at Williams College, The Multicultural Education Resource Center at MCLA, and the Engagement Center at Bennington College. This series provides students and the community the opportunity to learn about issues of diversity in ideology, social identity, prejudice, and discrimination.

The next film screening, Rafiki, will be held on January 29 at the MCLA Sullivan Lounge.

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