SIFF to host one-night-only screening of Our Bodies, Our Doctors

7/20/2022 |

Exceptional evening followed by post-screening Q&A with filmmakers and panel of experts on August 14

Seattle, WA - SIFF will host a screening of Our Bodies, Our Doctors, winner of the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival, on August 14, 2022 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Jan Haaken, Assistant Director Samantha Praus and Drs. Deborah Oyer and Sarah Prager.

The film follows abortion providers at feminist clinics in the Puget Sound region and across the nation as they show their commitment to abortion as a part of a continuum of reproductive health care. “There are a lot of documentaries about women seeking abortions, but the people who get up every day and make a commitment to providing this care, their story had not been told as fully as it should,” says director Jan Haaken.

After decades of legal restrictions, Roe v Wade suffered a lethal blow on June 24, 2022. By a 6-3 majority, the US Supreme Court overturned the 49-year-old law that established the constitutional right to abortion. “While Washington brought this right into the State constitution through a ballot measure in 1991, the impacts are being felt across the country,” says Haaken.

"Our Bodies, Our Doctors is bold and brave, not only for how the featured providers care for women but in the willingness of these professionals and many of their patients to bring the truth of abortion procedures onto the screen.” said Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Washington State 7th District, “Everyone should see this unique and inspiring film."

Tickets for the screening and panel discussion are on-sale now at
Learn more about Our Bodies, Our Doctors and check out SIFF’s Women’s Rights Letterboxd List for more films to learn and grow from in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Screening Details
When: Sunday, August 14th, 2022 3:00 p.m.
Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle

Director Jan Haaken is a professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker. From refugee camps, war zones, abortion clinics and mental hospitals to drag bars, dairy farms and hip-hop clubs, her documentary films focus on jobs carried out on the social margins and liminal spaces and work that becomes the focus of public anxiety and controversy.

Assistant director Samantha Praus is a queer Latinx filmmaker and health researcher from Portland, Oregon. She has worked with Haaken on other documentary projects including the recent two-part NECESSITY film series, focused on legal strategies, civil disobedience and Indigenous leadership in the climate justice movement.

Sarah Prager is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of Family Planning at the University of Washington. She does clinical care, research and education in abortion and contraception, and runs the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning at UW.

Deborah Oyer is a board-certified family medicine physician. She has just recently retired from her positions as Medical Director of Cedar River Clinics and Clinical Associate Professor at University of Washington in the Departments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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