Film phase: Completed
They came to have their babies. They left sterilized. The story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were prodded into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. Led by an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker whose credits include Who Killed Vincent Chin?, My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha, Labor Women, The New Americans, and Calavera Highway. Her films have screened at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the Whitney Biennial. She co-founded the Graduate Program in Social Documentation at UC Santa Cruz and is now Director of the Center of EthnoCommunications at UCLA, where she is a professor and holds an endowed chair in Asian American Studies. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Alpert Award in the Arts, the USA Broad Fellowship, and a Peabody.