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Members of the Jane Collective abortion underground to reunite for 'The Janes' screening May 19
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2022-05-05

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CHICAGO, Illinois — In the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion set to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Doc10 today announced that original Jane Collective members will reunite for the festival's opening night presentation of 'The Janes', the story of the legendary Chicago underground network of women who provided safe, affordable, and illegal abortions to women in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The screening event is set for Thursday May 19, 2022, 7 p.m. at the Davis Theater.

This will be the largest gathering of Jane Collective members since Roe was decided in 1973, and comes just weeks before the Supreme Court of the United States is expected to release its official opinion overturning that landmark case.

Tickets $16, with discounts for students, seniors, and active military; available at www.doc10.org

About the Film

THE JANES

Directors: Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes. Producers: Emma Pildes, Daniel Arcana, Jessica Levin

101 min, US, 2022

Chicago 1968. Abortion is illegal; women are fighting for equality; and hospitals are filling up with victims of terminated pregnancies gone wrong. Enter the Jane Collective. In this inspiring account of the legendary underground network, filmmakers Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water) and Emma Pildes (Jane Fonda in Five Acts) chronicle this intrepid group of young activist women as they evade both the cops and the mob to help others gain access to safe and affordable care. Capturing their courage and conviction and the high-stakes suspense of their work, the film vividly charts the rise of their clandestine operations, complete with code names and safe houses, all the way to their capture in 1972. "Rousing (Variety), "revelatory" (Screen Daily), and "triumphant" (RogerEbert.com), The Janes is "urgent, and thoroughly engaging" and "unfortunately, very much of the moment" (The Hollywood Reporter).

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