VESSEL (90 MIN)
Diana Whitten | Director | Netherlands | 2014 | Documentary
This multi-national award-winning documentary, written and directed by Diana Whitten, begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea. Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. Founder of Women on Waves, a Dutch pro-choice organization, a fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.