(Information in English below)
On April 7 at 18.00 to 20.00, FUF Uppsala together with Sensus welcomes you to the screening of the documentary Fly so far / The Seventeen (2021) by Celina Esher!
About the film
Teodora Vásquez was nine months pregnant when she fainted and had a miscarriage during her work shift. When she woke up in the hospital, she was charged with the murder of her stillborn daughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison. After ten years, Teodora becomes the spokesperson for 16 other women in El Salvador who are facing the same accusation. 'The Seventeen' is a group of women who are in prison convicted of murder due to life-threatening births. All women belong to the rural or urban working class, many of whom became pregnant as a result of being sexually exploited. Initially, there were 17 cases, but today 18 women are in Ilopango prison in El Salvador. A total of 181 women have been criminalized due to the country's strict abortion laws.
Flee so far follows the 17 women in the struggle to regain their freedom. The documentary is their testimony to the state's oppression and the criminalization of women's bodies. Flee so far started as a project in 2017 when Salvadoran director Celina Esher visited the 17 women in prison. The film is a liberation of their stories. It has been shown at film festivals around the world (Tempo Documentary Festival) and has received awards for its portraits of activism.
Production company Pråmfilm. Here there is more information about the project.
The film screening
The event is free and organized by FUF Uppsala and Sensus who welcome everyone in and outside Uppsala (NOTE Limited seats) to an engaging film evening in the venue Måns at Sensus in Uppsala. In connection with the screening, coffee and discussion are offered on the theme of sisterhood, resistance and the criminalization of women's bodies.
The film screening is held in collaboration with Folkets Bio, Sensus Studieförbund and the Association for Developmental Issues (FUF).
Hope to see you! / FUF Uppsala
Screening of Fly So Far / The Seventeen - a documentary about sorority, resilience and the criminalization of womens bodies
FUF Uppsala and Sensus welcomes you to a screening of Fly so far / The Seventeen (2021) by Celina Escher!
Date and time: April 7, 6 pm-8pm
Square: Census, Drottninggatan 4, Uppsala
About the movie
Teodora Vásquez was nine months pregnant when she fainted and had a stillbirth while working. When she woke up at the hospital, she was accused of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. After serving 10 years in prison, Teodora became the spokesperson of the women facing the same charges as her.
'The Seventeen' is the group of women imprisoned in El Salvador, who have been accused of murder after having had an obstetric emergency. All of them belong to the Salvadoran rural or urban working class. Many of the women became pregnant after being sexually abused. At the beginning there were 17 cases, today there are 18 women in the Ilopango prison in Salvador. There have been 181 women criminalized due to the total ban of abortion in their country.
Flee so far follows the 17 women in their struggle to regain their freedom. The documentary is their testimony of the governments executed oppression and criminalization of womens' bodies. Flee so far started as a project in 2017, when Salvadorian director Celina Esher visited the 17 women in prison. The film is the liberation of their stories.
About the movie screening
The event is free to attend and organized by FUF Uppsala together with Sensus. We invite everyone in and outside of Uppsala (OBS limited seating) for an engaging film night in the room Måns on Sensus. In connection with the film screening we provide snacks and invite discussion of the topic: sorority, resilience and criminalization of women's bodies.
Due to limited seating, registration is required. You register your participation here.
The screening is a collaboration between Folkets bio, Sensus Student Association, and the Swedish development forum (FUF).
Hope to see you there! / FUF Uppsala