WEEK IN WOMEN: rePRO by mama.film Film Fest explores reproductive healthcare and more — Brandy McDonnell reports

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rePRO by mama.film, a new five-day virtual film festival dedicated to exploring women’s reproductive healthcare, awareness, advocacy and bodily integrity in America, has announced its lineup for the inaugural festival, which will take place online from Aug. 12-16.

The lineup of films and conversations, which will be open to anyone in the United States, includes documentaries and narratives dealing with women’s rights, endometriosis, illegal sterilization, access to abortion and reproductive justice for women of color, among other topics.

The festival will host five days of features, short films and themed-conversations focused on a range of topics, including healthcare access, fertility, pregnancy, sexual education, abortion and issues related to the gender spectrum. The conversations, designed to spotlight the creators who dare to tell stories about women’s reproductive rights and to showcase courageous advocates, will be available online for free globally.

Shannon Cohn’s eye-opening endometriosis documentary Endo What? is on the roster of included films. All feature films playing the festival are directed by women, and all filmmakers, including the shorts filmmakers, are being paid to screen their films. The pay-what-you-can film ticket proceeds for films at the festival will be converted to donations to be split evenly among five beneficiary nonprofit organizations: SisterSong, Endometriosis Foundation of America, Center for Reproductive Rights, URGE and Trust Women. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.