California Humanities is proud to announce the world premieres of two California Documentary Project films at the 21st Annual Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14. No Más Bebés and Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race tell two very different California stories but both help shed new light on our state’s rich and complicated history.
NO MÁS BEBÉS, dir. Renee Tajima- Peña
In the 1960s and 70s, Mexican immigrant women in Los Angeles alleged they were coercively sterilized without their consent at LAC + USC Medical Center. This film is the story of these mothers and an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer who stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice and sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government. This year marks the 40th anniversary of their landmark civil rights lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, asserting that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE, dir. Lyn Goldfarb
Thirty-five years before Barack Obama rose to victory to become America’s first African-American President, a young Angeleno named Tom Bradley bridged the racial divide to become the first black mayor elected in a city with an overwhelmingly white majority. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on police and citizen relations moderated by Patt Morrison of the LA Times and will feature director Lyn Goldfarb, producer Alison Sotomayor and actor Andre Royo (The Wire).