Café Con | For Rosa

Join us for a private virtual screening of the short film For Rosa

Directed & Written by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone; Executive Producer, Chuey Martinez;
Produced by Sabrina Ehlert and Ashley Flores; Starring Melinna Bobadilla

When: Thursday, Sept 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: Virtual | Cost: Free| Invite a friend!

For more information, contact: Heidy Rodriguez |RSVP to receive a secure link to the event

Join us for an exclusive screening of the USC thesis film FOR ROSA, followed by a thought-provoking discussion with Director Kathryn Boyd-Batstone, Executive Producer Chuey Martinez, Actor Melinna Bobadilla, ELAWC’s Co-Founder Connie Destito, LCSW

Inspired by the Madrigal Ten, a landmark case in reproductive justice, FOR ROSA follows the story of Eva, a young Latina mother sterilized without her consent at Women's and Children's Hospital at LAC + USC. The film depicts a dark moment in the late ’60s and early ‘70s when poor, pregnant, immigrant women were often coerced into tubal ligations while giving birth.  Despite their pain and shame, a small group of Latinas bravely stepped forward to hold the doctors, hospital, and state accountable in a groundbreaking lawsuit that led to significant policy changes to protect future generations. 

The film is a timely symbol of this painful legacy. The Women’s & Children’s Hospital will be demolished this fall and replaced with The Restorative Care Village, a state-of-the-art facility championed by Supervisor Hilda Solis to serve the county’s most disenfranchised populations.
A commemorative ceremony acknowledging this injustice, while also celebrating the history of those born, healed, and trained at the hospital is planned. 

"We owe the women and their families harmed by this event our heartfelt apologies. And to remind current and future generations of this tragic injustice, a visual memorial will be included at the new Restorative Care Village at the LAC+USC Medical Center.”    

  —Supervisor Hilda Solis



About Café Con :  

Created to unite movers and shakers  looking to make a difference in their community by becoming involved with East Los Angeles Women’s Center.  Café Con is a series of intimate discussions around art, music + film designed to open hearts and shift the narrative. If you, or someone you know, want to learn how to support our mission to ensure all women, girls, and their families live in a place of safety … please join us! 


All attendees will be entered in a raffle sponsored by Capuyo Cafe!  A Latina-owned business in Boyle Heights with a mission to empower young Entrepreneurs to reach their dreams.


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September 03, 2020 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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