Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Personhood

Year: 2019
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 minutes

Personhood
Personhood
Personhood
Personhood

“Personhood,” according to the United States Constitution, legally guarantees the fundamental rights of life, liberty, and property. While the term has long been understood to be established at birth, a growing contingent of the pro-life movement is advocating for fetuses to be granted those rights as well. And the consequences for pregnant women—especially low-income women and women of color—are overwhelmingly disconcerting in the face of mass incarceration in America. Jo Ardinger’s documentary PERSONHOOD follows the story of Tammy Loertscher, a Wisconsin resident who was forcibly detained while pregnant after she revealed her history of depression and drug use to her doctor. Unfortunately, Loertscher’s experience is not unique. Supported by the National Advocates for Pregnant Women and the United Nations, Loertscher is now working to ensure the rights of other pregnant women aren’t compromised in favor of the fetuses. Ardinger’s enlightening documentary makes a compelling case for safeguarding the personhood of pregnant women. — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 2:25 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Sidebar
Women of the World

Competitions
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director

Director
Jo Ardinger

Producers
Jo Ardinger, Rosalie Miller

Cinematography
Marc Pingry

Editing
Jo Ardinger

Film Contact

Community Partners

mamafilm

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

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