A work of agitprop against the end of Roe and the evisceration of women’s right to choose.

  • Ruth Hayes
  • Peter Randlette
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Seattle International Film Festival
    United States
    May 14, 2023
    World premiere
  • Tacoma Film Festival

    October 9, 2023
  • Local Sightings Film Festival
  • Walla Walla Movie Crush
  • Micro Acts Artist Films Screening
  • Small Axe Radical Short Film Awards
    Chepstow, Wales
    United Kingdom
  • Rising of the Lusitania: AnimaDocs
    November 11, 2023
  • Experimental Film Festival
    New Bern, NC
    United States
    September 23, 2023
    Honorable Mention
  • Star International Film Festival
    Honorable Mention
  • Ethereal Frames Film and Art Awards

  • ULTRAcinema XII
  • Wasteland Film Festival
    Edwards, CA
    United States
    September 30, 2023
Director Biography - Ruth Hayes

Ruth Hayes came to animation through drawing and printmaking and has produced in film, digital video and pre-cinema formats including flipbooks, zoetropes and praxinoscopes. A committed experimentalist, she has explored cameraless techniques and visual phenomena, engaged in historical and political critique, mined personal experience, investigated relationships between human and non-human worlds and contributed to collaborative and improvised expanded cinema performances. Ruth is Faculty Emerita at the Evergreen State College, where she taught animation for 25 years, integrating it into broadly interdisciplinary courses that included the natural and physical sciences, the visual arts, and cultural studies.

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Director Statement

My anger at the United States Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health that eviscerated abortion rights triggered this work. I first animated a sequence of rubbings of a coat hanger, and then, through iterative processes of filming, further rubbings and incorporating images and text appropriated from the Sunday print edition of The New York Times, I developed more sequences. The film evolves from a series of formal experiments in movement to outright agit-prop against increasingly repressive forces in the US that violate women’s bodily autonomy and endanger their health. The soundtrack, composed by Peter Randlette, integrates sampled voices from the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health arguments presented before the Supreme Court.