Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese Immigrant living in Indiana, is charged with murder and feticide. Her Crime? Attempting suicide while pregnant.
Abandoned by the father of her unborn child and suffering from severe perinatal depression, Bei Bei Shuai attempts suicide while eight months pregnant. She survives the attempt, but her baby, delivered by emergency c-section, dies in her arms three days later. Following devastating personal tragedy, Bei Bei finds herself transformed from a grief stricken mother into a criminal, charged with murder and attempted feticide. Bei Bei is moved to the Marion County Jail where she remains for a year and a half, until her lawyer Linda Pence is able to secure her release on bail. As Bei Bei and Ms. Pence take on the Indiana state justice system, her case begins to gain national attention. Their fight raises important questions about personhood laws, fetal rights, immigrant rights, and the criminalization of the mentally ill.
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South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In Young Lakota, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the desire to make a difference for themselves and their community.
The latest in a series of films from Incite Pictures that use the dramatic stories of individual women to explore the fraught terrain of reproductive justice, Young Lakota chronicles the life defining choices faced by three young people as they try to forge a better future for their tribe while securing their own well being.
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When Shelby Knox joins a campaign for better sex education in high schools, she begins to question her deeply conservative Southern Baptist upbringing.
The Education of Shelby Knox is a coming of age story about a teenage girl who joins a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools of Lubbock, Texas. As Shelby is swept into the fight, she begins to question her deeply conservative Southern Baptist upbringing; when the campaign broadens to include a fight for a gay-straight alliance, Shelby confronts her family and her pastor, in the end declaring herself a feminist and a liberal Christian.
The Education of Shelby Knox aired on the Point of View series on PBS on June 21, 2005