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This potent and deeply felt feature debut from Swiss-Salvadoran documentarian Celina Escher follows the incredible journey of Teodora Vásquez. It was 2007 and the 34-year-old Salvadoran couldn't have been happier or more prepared for the birth of her second child. But with only a few weeks to go, Vásquez was unexpectedly hit by the intense, crippling pain of a miscarriage, her desperate cries for help going unanswered before she lost consciousness. She awoke handcuffed to a hospital bed and charged with murdering her baby. Poor and unable to procure competent legal help, Vásquez was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide, another victim of a deeply patriarchal legal system. Leaving behind a preteen son and her impoverished yet determined parents, Vásquez quickly found her place among a group of 17 other women, all imprisoned on similar charges, all bringing global attention to an unjust, misogynistic culture in a unified voice. Together with a small army of advocates and attorneys, Vásquez won an early release in 2018, becoming a renowned international symbol of women's rights — and a reminder of how easily the right to choose can be stripped away — all the while fighting for the release of "The Seventeen" left behind in prison. (Note adapted from Seattle International Film Festival.) Winner, Festival Award, Best Central American Film, 2021 Costa Rica International Film Festival; Winner, Ibero American Competition, 2021 Seattle International Film Festival. DIR/SCR Celina Escher; PROD Mónica Hernandez Rejón. El Salvador/Sweden, 2021, color, 88 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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