Fly So Far

(Nuestra libertad)

Teodora Vásquez was accused and subsequently sent to prison for homicide after suffering an obstetric emergency. The years behind bars did not break her. On the contrary, they inspired her to fight for the rights of other unjustly punished women in El Salvador.

When Teodora Vásquez was nine months pregnant, she passed out because of the great pain she was in. She woke up in a hospital surrounded by police officers. In 2008, she was sentenced to 30 years for homicide. She is by no means alone. In El Salvador, other women who have had  obstetric emergencies are in prison. The filmmakers present their stories, Teodora's journey from prison and her transformation into an activist. With several human rights organisations behind her, she dedicates her life to fighting for the rights of women convicted of homicide following obstetric emergencies. She hopes to help change one of the strictest abortion laws in the world.

Impact

As the situation in neighbouring Poland (among others) shows, abortion is still banned in many countries around the world. One of the most extreme cases is in El Salvador as mapped by the film Fly So Far. Women face imprisonment for obstetric emergencies because of the country’s total ban on abortion. The activist and protagonist of the documentary Teodora Vásquez is trying to fight the situation, as is the worldwide campaign Safe Abortion: Women's Right. It brings together organisations and individuals in the battle for women's right to make decisions about their own bodies

About the film

Director: Celina Escher
Sweden, El Salvador
2020 | 90 min.

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor and indoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

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Category

Right To Know

Director

Celina Escher

Filmography
2020 - Fly So Far

Celina Escher

Screenings

21. 05. 20:30 Praha: Klubovna
DiscussionEva Ptašková, activist Ciocia Czesia
23. 05. 20:30 Tábor: klub BejVák - Světlogorská
04. 06. 17:00 Ostrava: Klub Atlantik
05. 06. 20:30 Brno: Kino Art

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