Film screening to support Planned Parenthood

MANCHESTER — A screening of the documentary "Break the Silence," featuring honest accounts of sexual and reproductive health histories, will be shown on April 29, at 4 p.m. at the Manchester Library. Proceeds will benefit the three Planned Parenthood Health Centers of southern Vermont.

Produced and directed by Vermont filmmaker Willow O'Feral, "Break the Silence" features powerful interviews with 18 Vermonters who are asked to describe experiences with puberty, early sexual contact, birth control, abortion, gender transition, sex education, STIs, pregnancy and much more. Their answers clarify the vast inequities of people's experiences.

A facilitated Q&A with panelists will follow the film. Panelists include participants from the film; O'Feral; Lucy Leriche, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; Brenda Churchill, of the LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont; and a representative from PAVE Bennington (Protect Against Violent Encounters).

After the screening drinks and discussion will be held at Gringo Jack's Southwestern Grill. Fifteen percent of drink sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

This event is hosted by the Planned Parenthood Defenders group, based in Brattleboro. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 to $50 or more. All proceeds from the screening will benefit Planned Parenthood of Northern New England's Health Centers of Southern Vermont, serving patients throughout the Bennington, Manchester, Rutland and Brattleboro communities. For more information, contact Lisa at morraka606


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