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rePRO Film Periodical is a Call-to-Action podcast series with filmmakers, storytellers, & advocates. Hosted by Asha Dayha. The rePRO Periodical is FREE to everyone. All you have to do is sign up at reprofilm.org – Every month, ReproFilm.org delivers a whole host of goodies straight to your inbox in a newsletter format, which includes a short film to watch, advocacy and action items, important articles and news, and of course, this series!

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rePRO Film Periodical is a Call-to-Action podcast series with filmmakers, storytellers, & advocates. Hosted by Asha Dayha. The rePRO Periodical is FREE to everyone. All you have to do is sign up at reprofilm.org – Every month, ReproFilm.org delivers a whole host of goodies straight to your inbox in a newsletter format, which includes a short film to watch, advocacy and action items, important articles and news, and of course, this series!

    UNDUE BURDENS feat. Andrea Raby & Marie Khan

    UNDUE BURDENS feat. Andrea Raby & Marie Khan

    Episode 6:  Andrea Raby and Marie Khan in conversation with Asha Dahya
    In this bracing conversation, “Undue Burdens” director/producer Andrea Raby and Marie Khan, director of operations for Midwest Access Coalition break down what each of us can do to preserve abortion access and why wearing Handmaid costumes and wielding wire hangers isn’t helpful. 
    “We have …  abortion pills. We have practical support funds. We have abortion funds. We have mutual aid organizations. We have radical harm reduction spaces.” — Marie Khan on the structures that are in place now that people didn’t have access to 50+ years ago.
    Andrea Raby is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker and producer whose films have played in festivals across the U.S. Her latest short film “Strikers” is supported by IF/Then Shorts. She was a fellow of the 2019 Double Exposure Film Festival with her short film “Undue Burdens.” Her producing credits include podcast “Love is Not” and short documentary “A Galaxy Sits in the Cracks.” She is currently a co-producer on director Ruth Leitman’s in-progress documentary “No One Asked You.”
    Marie J Khan (she/her) came on board with Midwest Access Coalition (MAC) in 2016, a practical support organization assisting and funding abortion seekers traveling for care. As the director of programs, she works closely with partner clinics and hospitals, and is a hotline coordinator providing comprehensive logistical planning, booking, and funding for travel/lodging/childcare/food for MAC clients.  Marie grew up in Southern Wisconsin, in a conservative Christian space. Once she was able to access more reproductive resources and broaden her worldview, she realized she had much to learn. Connecting with her own South Asian community has been critical in her ongoing process of understanding herself. She’s worked exclusively at bars, nonprofits, and public universities, and is thankful for the radical and fearless thinkers who have helped her survive and thrive.

    • 49 min
    AAPI IN THE REPRO CONVO feat. Lilly Hu and Seri Lee

    AAPI IN THE REPRO CONVO feat. Lilly Hu and Seri Lee

    EPISODE 05: AAPI IN THE REPRO CONVO with Lilly Hu of Cold Wall & Seri Lee of NAPAWF
    Thank you for tuning in to another episode of the Repo Film Podcast as part of the Repro Periodical Newsletter, where each month we share a short film and conversation centered around a theme. May is Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and given that the majority of our film team are part of the AAPI community, myself included, we fully realize the importance and timeliness of looking at the way we approach and help justice impacts AAPI Folks.
    This month, we're featuring the stunning short film Cold Wall and a short interview with writer and director Lilly Hu, who is originally from China. Cold Wall was her award winning IFC thesis film, which is about a young Chinese high school student experiencing an unplanned pregnancy while studying abroad alone in Los Angeles. Cold Wall follows Bei Bei a.k.a Katie as she negotiates her own unwanted pregnancy in an American culture that she doesn't fully understand.
    In the second half of this episode, I'll be speaking with Seri Lee, the national campaign and membership director for the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, also referred to in our interview by its acronym NAPAWF, Seri and I talk about the scary time we are living in, staring down the barrel of Roe v Wade being overturned. What reproductive justice is and why it is important for the AAPI community and what we as everyday people can do, even in small ways to ensure abortion access reproductive health and human rights is a reality we can all work toward.
    It is a time filled with uncertainty right now. But as Seri quotes, black American abolitionist Mariam Kabir in our interview, "Having hope is a discipline." I love that quote so much and we will not give up. So I hope you enjoy this conversation.
    SHOW NOTES:
    COLD WALL (Dir. Lilly Hu)Watch on VimeoNATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN WOMEN'S FORUM | NAPAWFnapawf.orgSign your name on the Asian American and Pacific Islander Abortion Solidarity Statement  –  https://www.napawf.org/abortionsolidarityOur Blues (Netflix)

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    A PERIOD PIECE feat. Shuchi Talati

    A PERIOD PIECE feat. Shuchi Talati

    EPISODE 04: A PERIOD PIECE featuring Shuchi Talati, Director/Writer of 'A Period Piece'

    This month we’re focusing on menstrual health and all things periods. Yes, the topic that literally billions of people around the world experience, yet is still heavily stigmatized in so many ways. From menstrual products being taxed as “luxury goods” in a number of countries, to the lack of access to period products, and women and girls being shunned from their communities and forced to stay in potentially dangerous spaces because menstruating is considered “dirty” or “unclean” by certain groups, it’s clear we have a long way to go to dismantle harmful cultural norms.   But one of the most exciting areas we are seeing change in, is film and media. From the 2018 Oscar-winning short documentary “Period. End of Sentence”, to more recently Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ driving a tonne of conversations on social media about how periods are included in family films, this is what we need to see more of! No more silence!
    We are speaking with an acclaimed filmmaker Shuchi Talati, whose short narrative film 'A Period Piece' is breaking silence and taboos in powerful and beautiful ways. Shuchi is originally from India and her work challenges dominant narratives around gender, sexuality, race and South Asian identity. Shuchi is also a writer / producer for documentaries. Recent credits include We Are: Brooklyn Saints for Netflix, and Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas for HBO, where one of Shuchi’s episodes was nominated for a GLAAD award.
    Released in 2020, ‘A Period Piece’ follows main character Geetha, a control and order loving Indian-American woman who finally has sex with her lover Vehd one afternoon in her apartment, but things quickly turn messy when period blood stains her pristine couch and a fight erupts while they are having sex. The film has enjoyed nearly 2 years of a successful festival run, including being screened at our very own rePRO Film Fest, as well as SXSW in 2020. Dismantling stigma around menstruation starts with having open conversations and normalizing this very normal thing! 

    • 26 min
    ON THE DIVIDE feat. Maya Cueva and Leah Galant

    ON THE DIVIDE feat. Maya Cueva and Leah Galant

    BONUS EPISODE: Interview with Co-Directors Maya Cueva and Leah Galant of ON THE DIVIDE

    rePRO Film is proud to be a community partner of the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). Audiences at the festival as well as our rePRO Periodical subscribers will have access to this episode, where Asha Dahya has a conversation with the filmmakers (Leah Galant and Maya Cueva) of the 2021 documentary: On The Divide. 
    We all know how powerful films and documentaries are when it comes to changing hearts and minds through personal stories, giving audiences a glimpse into an issue where they can really put themselves in people’s shoes. That is exactly what ‘On The Divide’ does. 
    This topic couldn’t be more timely right now, as we are on the precipice of seeing Roe v Wade overturned. So we had the chance to speak with co-directors Maya Cueva and Leah Galant who talked about making the film over 7 years, why they chose to highlight this particular community in the Rio Grande valley, and why Choice really is a matter of survival. 

    SHOW NOTES:
    Watch ‘On The Divide’ during the Cleveland International Film FestivalCIFF46 Streams On Demand
    Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PMonthedividemovie.com  |  @onthedividemovie  |  @onthedivideSign up here for our free, monthly rePRO PeriodicalFollow us @reprofilmofficial • repro.buzzsprout.com • reprofilm.org

    • 33 min
    END-O feat. Elaine Gracie

    END-O feat. Elaine Gracie

    EPISODE 03 (Part 2): Interview with Elaine Gracie, writer of ‘End-O’

    Welcome to Part 2 of the rePRO Film Podcast episode for March, where we are celebrating endometriosis awareness month by highlighting this important issue through advocacy, education and of course, a brilliant short film. If you haven’t yet listened to part 1 of this month’s episode, be sure to make that next on your to-do list! 
    In this interview, I’ll be speaking with Elaine Gracie, the writer of ‘End-O’, a short film out of the UK which was originally released in 2020 and has since gone on to win a bunch of awards and continue to screen at numerous film festivals in the UK and throughout the world. 
    Since March is Endometriosis awareness month, the story and central topic, based on writer Elaine’s real life experience, is as relevant as ever, especially given the statistics that 1 in 10 women are living with endo. Elaine opens up to me about her debilitating, and at times absurd reality of living with endo, how she channeled her rage toward the medical system into an acclaimed short film, why she welcomes even the trolling comments, and the next exciting iteration of this film. This is hands down one of my favorite interviews of all time and once you’re done listening you will know why!

    For the full transcript, please click here.
    SHOW NOTES:
    END-O (Dir. Alice Seabright | Screenwriter, Elaine Gracie)Watch on VimeoFollow on Instagram/Twitter: @endoshortfilmElaine Gracie: @wee_egracieListen to Part 1 of Episode featuring an interview with Jenne Rishe of The Endo CoalitionSign up for our free, monthly rePRO Periodical

    • 45 min
    THE ENDO CO feat. Jenne Rishe

    THE ENDO CO feat. Jenne Rishe

    EPISODE 03 (Part 1): Interview with Endo Coalition's Jenneh Rishe

    We’re all familiar with March being Women’s History Month, but did you know it is also Endometriosis awareness month? If you didn’t, don’t worry you certainly are not alone. In fact, despite the statistics that say 1 in 10 women in the US are living with endometriosis, many are suffering in silence. There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from lack of awareness, to misdiagnosis, and lack of funding for research toward endometriosis, all of which contribute to a widespread problem that deserves more education and amplification.
    So this is our theme for the month, and I am super excited for our interviews in this periodical. It will actually be a two-part episode, and in this first part, I will be speaking with Jenneh Rishe, the founder and executive director of an advocacy organization called The Endometriosis Coalition. 
    Jenneh has been a Registered Nurse for over a decade, working in internal medicine, trauma, kidney transplant, oncology, and leukemia/bone marrow transplant. It took over 4 years, but Jenneh's medical background gave her the knowledge and skills to navigate how to finally get good care after she was diagnosed with endometriosis. With her love for healthcare, education, and teaching, she felt inspired to use her abilities to help other women understand the disease better. She is also the author of Part of You, Not All of You: Shared Wisdom and Guided Journaling for Life With Chronic Illness.  Jenneh is originally from New Jersey, and lives in Los Angeles. When asked why she felt so passionately about starting the The Endometriosis Coalition, she says "endometriosis is criminally under researched and horribly misunderstood, and I want to be a part of changing that, sooner rather than later."
    So let’s get into the discussion! 
    SHOW NOTES:
    The Endometriosis Coalition - www.theendo.co  |  @theendo.coJenneh Rishe – jennehrishe.com Part of You, Not All of You: Shared Wisdom and Guided Journaling for Life With Chronic IllnessListen to Part 2 featuring Elaine Gracie, screenwriter of End-OThe rePRO Periodical – sign up at reprofilm.org

    • 23 min

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