WomenSafe to present the film ‘Break the Silence’
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will present an “Evening to Honor Women’s Rights,” on Thursday, Nov. 15, featuring a screening of Willow O’Feral’s film “Break the Silence,” a one-hour documentary profiling reproductive and sexual health stories. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring filmmaker O’Feral, and advocates from WomenSafe and Planned Parenthood. All proceeds will benefit the life-changing work of these organizations.
“Break the Silence” features raw, powerful, intimate interviews with 18 southern Vermont women about their personal sexual and reproductive health histories. Vermont women from diverse backgrounds candidly recount their histories of sex education, early sexual experiences, abortion, birth control, relationships, gender transition, menstruation, STIs, gynecological exams, sexual assault, pregnancy, pleasure, and much more. “Break the Silence” challenges social taboo with unflinching candor, courageous vulnerability, and often great humor.
O’Feral is a documentary filmmaker currently living in southern Vermont. “Break the Silence” is her debut feature film. O’Feral is a founding member of the Women’s Action Team, a feminist collective in southern Vermont. The film arose out of conversations with the Women’s Action Team around advancing reproductive justice, destroying rape culture and misogyny, and creating a more vibrant and joyful world for all of us.
Tickets available at townhalltheater.org and in person at Town Hall Theater (box office open Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.). Email [email protected] or call 802-388-4205 to ask about free or reduced admission if ticket cost is a concern.