Join the girls’ club for a chat with The Janes directors Tia Lesin and Emma Pildes

The Janes directors Tia Lesin and Emma Pildes will take part in a virtual conversation with the Girls’ Club about their pre-Roe v. Wade-era abortion rights document Tuesday, June 21 from 15:00 ET. The discussion will take place on Crowdcast and will be open to the public. You can book your place in advance here.

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Find details about the Girls Club event, a trailer and synopsis for “The Janes” and biographies of Lessin and Pildes below.

Synopsis: In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment in south Chicago, where seven women who were part of a secret network were arrested and charged. Using code names, facades and safe houses to protect themselves and their work, the defendants have built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable and illegal abortions. They were called Jane. “The Janes” offers first-hand stories to the women in the center of the group, many of whom are speaking for the first time, and tells the story of a group of incredible robbers. By repelling the state legislature, which banned abortion, the Catholic Church, which condemned it, and the Chicago mafia, which profited from it, Jane’s members risked their personal and professional lives to help women in need. In before Roe v. Wade’s era – a time when abortion was a crime in most states and even the information spread about abortion was a crime in Illinois – Jane provided cheap and free abortions to approximately 11,000 women.

bios: Oscar-nominated director Tia Lesin He has directed the documentaries Citizen Koch, Trouble the Water – for which he won a nomination for Best Feature Documentary – and Behind the Labels. She is also the producer of Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Where to Invade Next.

Emma Pildes produced Susan Lacey’s documentaries “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” and “Many Ralphs”, as well as a number of documents from the PBS series “American Masters”. “The Janes” is her directorial debut.

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