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October 5, 2005


  • Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 7PM
  • Large Screening Room
  • University Crossings
  • 15 North 32nd Street

Philadelphia documentarians Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater's heartbreaking true story of a 9-year old Nicaraguan girl who was raped and impregnated but whose unwanted pregnancy became a political football between abortion rights and antiabortion forces.

The medical establishment were deeply concerned that 9 year old Rosita's life would be in danger if she carried to term, but the Church and the governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica intervene in direct contradiction to Rosita's parents' wishes for a medical abortion. After women's health groups help Rosita win a landmark court victory for victims of sexual abuse, the Catholic Church excommunicates Rosita and her parents, setting off a wave of public outrage.

With its even-handed and compassionate look at issues of women's rights, medical ethics, and the roles of church and state, the film resonates with the recent headline-grabbing battle fought over the fate of Terry Schiavo.

Attie and Goldwater will speak about the making of the film and the issues involved.

These Philadelphia filmmakers work includes MAGGIE GROWLS about gray panther activist Maggie Kuhn which aired on PBS and I WITNESS: Shot Down in Pensacola about violence against abortion clinics. They are 2005 winners of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

The screening is free, but space is limited. Reserve your seats by calling 215-895-0352 or e-mailing for this event which is presented by the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies.