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Jane: An Abortion Service (1995)

1 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat February 2, 2019
1 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Jane: An Abortion Service
Saturday, February 2, 2019 1:00 PM
(Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy, 1995, USA, 16mm, 58 min.)
In the four years before the Roe v. Wade ruling made abortion legal in the United States, a clandestine organization of Chicago women offered low-cost, safe and confidential services to over 11,000 women—the Jane Collective. This invaluable oral history tells that story through the words of women who founded, operated, and consulted the service. Directors Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy skillfully entwine archival footage and forthright testimony to situate Jane alongside parallel movements for peace, civil, and women’s rights, emphasizing the extraordinary sense of responsibility and commitment its work demanded. The result is a revelatory and inspiring document.

Part of the film series
Reproductive Systems: Gender, Power and Society

Block Cinema continues its year-long series of programs inspired by One Book One Northwestern’s 2018-2019 selection, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, with a selection of films that engage the theme of reproduction. Biological reproduction is at the center of The Handmaid’s Tale, but Atwood’s novel also reflects how systems of education, labor, media and justice function to reproduce social structures across generations. Programmed with the support of the Northwestern Women’s Center, Reproductive Systems brings together documentaries, narratives and experimental films that interrogate these complex structures of social and biological reproduction and their effects on women’s lives.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu