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Documentary screening to benefit Planned Parenthood

To reserve a ticket, go to bit.ly/breastarchive. For more information about this event, call 802-448-9754. To volunteer with Planned Parenthood Defenders of Southern Vermont, call 802-579-7433.

Originally published in The Commons issue #446 (Wednesday, February 14, 2018). This story appeared on page B2.


BRATTLEBORO—The Breast Archives, a radical documentary exposing how breasts can affect self-esteem and life experiences for women, is showing in Brattleboro on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m., at 118 Elliot.

Tickets are $10 (suggested donation), and all proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Brattleboro health center.

According to a news release, the film shares the unadulterated stories of nine women who disclose bodily shame and disconnection. As these women slowly reconnect with their body-based stories, they find a reservoir of strength and wisdom.

Following the film is a question-and-answer session with its producer, Meagan Murphy, as well as women from the film, and Hannah Neff, a nurse practitioner from Planned Parenthood’s health center in Brattleboro.

An award-winning producer with 25 years of experience in film and broadcast television, Murphy spent 12 years at WGBH in Boston. In 2008, she received a Communicator’s Award for her work on a weekly series for teenagers, and Women of Distinction Magazine named Murphy one of the top 10 Women Leaders of 2016.

This event is brought to Brattleboro by Planned Parenthood Defenders of Southern Vermont with support from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

PPNNE provides sexuality and reproductive health services and education for women and men at 21 health centers across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

“PPNNE is proud to be sponsoring this event,” said Lucy Leriche, PPNNE Vermont vice president of public policy, in a news release. “We want all women to feel empowered in and about their bodies, health, and sexuality.”

Leriche praised Murphy’s film “for lifting up the voices of women who challenge viewers to reflect upon how society views and treats breasts. We hope it motivates other women to share their own stories about their bodies in an effort to create positive change and awareness in our communities.”

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