Chicken & Egg Pictures was founded in 2005 to support women nonfiction filmmakers taking on the most urgent issues of the day through film. We had no doubt that reproductive justice would be one of many critical human rights issues that warranted our exploration. Still, by 2010, we were genuinely shocked by the onslaught of anti-abortion legislation sweeping the nation. As we witnessed history-making filibusters, massive protests from both sides of the choice paradigm, and widespread clinic closures due to targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws, Chicken & Egg Pictures' started to see women filmmakers responding to this crisis as artists.
We began to hear from women filmmakers in the field, filmmakers working in countries where abortion was completely illegal or becoming criminalized and filmmakers in the US, where abortion is legal, but often inaccessible. Their angles were local, national and global, and each offered a character-driven and historically resonant perspective. In the end, we selected a cohort of eight, funded over the course of four years. As a group, they show the effects of public health policy and law on women, families, doctors, lawyers and activists around the world. While each film represents a complex and powerful narrative about reproductive justice, the eight films seen together have even more impact.
We are thrilled to bring Reel Reproductive Justice to medical school campuses and universities across the country, especially at this moment when medical schools are being thrust into a new wave of state-level legislative assaults against comprehensive reproductive health care, including limiting or stopping the teaching of abortion procedures at medical schools.
Starting in 2009, Working Films, with the support of film funders Chicken and Egg Pictures and The Fledgling Fund, began a series of thematic engagement residencies and trainings for filmmakers tackling some of the most critical issues of our time -- from climate change to education reform to economic justice. The operating logic: it takes more than one film on a single issue, put into the hands of dedicated on-the-ground grassroots activists and organizers, presented on multiple screens (theatrical release, broadcast television, community screenings) and across a wide array of social media and press platforms, to help catalyze systemic change. These residencies evolved into active cohorts of filmmakers, targeted campaigns and Working Film’s ongoing Reel Engagement initiative.
Reel Reproductive Justice is a thematic cohort, funded and curated by Chicken & Egg Pictures. It spotlights reproductive justice and the urgent need for comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all.