The gripping, award-winning documentary Jackson delves into the conflict between religious freedom and reproductive rights in the Deep South.
“Easily one of the year’s strongest documentaries.” – Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
Making her feature debut, director Maisie Crow offers an intimate look at the lives of three women at the forefront of the battle as it unfolds in Jackson, Mississippi: the director of the last-standing abortion clinic in the state, a prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement and a young mother of four struggling with an unplanned pregnancy. These women’s stories illustrate the opposing viewpoints that divide a city where high poverty rates, limited access to contraception and religious ideologies collide. When state restrictions threaten to shut down the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the tensions between leaders of the pro-life and pro-choice movements come to a head. Examining the economic, social and racial issues that fuel Mississippi’s heated debate on women’s health care, Jackson reveals the implications it all has for the nation as a whole. (Dir. by Maise Crow, 2016, USA, 92 mins., Not Rated)
This screening is part of Loft Film Fest on the Road, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with support from Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.