Screening: A Quiet Inquisition + Q&A
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Alessandra Zeka.
At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients or taking a risk and providing the care that she knows can save a woman’s life. In 2007, Dr. Cerrato’s daily routine took a detour.
The newly elected government of Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary who converted to Catholicism to win votes, overturned a 130-year-old law protecting therapeutic abortion. The new law entirely prohibits abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at stake.
As Dr Cerrato and her colleagues navigate this dangerous dilemma, the impact of the law reveals the tangible reality of prohibition against the backdrop of a political, religious, and historically complex national identity. In A Quiet Inquisition, the emotional core of the story – the experiences of the young women and girls who are seeking care — illustrates the ethical implications of one doctor’s response.
Directed by Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn
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