Monday, November 18

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The DocYard: Leona’s Sister Gerri

Directors: Jane Gillooly

Film Details: 1995, 57 minutes, color, sound, English

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New England Legacy Film! Winner of the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. Official selection of New Directors, New Films at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Filmmaker Jane Gillooly will attend in person for Q&A. 

About the Film:

Leona’s Sister Gerri tells the dramatic story of Gerri Santoro, a mother of two and the “real person” in the now famous photo of an anonymous woman on a motel floor, dead from an illegal abortion. Reprinted thousands of times on placards, and in the media, this grisly photo became a pro-choice icon. Should the media have used this image? What circumstances led to Gerri’s tragic death? Powerfully addressing issues of reproductive rights and domestic violence, this video is a moving portrait of Gerri Santoro’s life and society’s response to her death.

“Patiently piecing together the facts behind this wrenching image, Ms Gillooly brings a wide breadth of understanding to the tragedy she uncovers.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Fleshing out the life behind a now iconic image (the film) makes the political personal, the abstract particular and in so doing uncover layers of humanity often missing in political rhetoric.” – Boston Globe Magazine, Madeline Drexler

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About the Director:Miles Lagoze is a NY based filmmaker interested in upending traditional war narratives and representations in American cinema. Obsessed with the film Full Metal Jacket while growing up, he enlisted as a Combat Camera in the Marines when he was 18 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. After getting out of the military he began working on Combat Obscura while attending film school at Columbia University.

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Monday 11/18
at 7:00 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.