(58 minutes) Nicaragua/Costa Rica/USA
Directors/Producers: Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater
Rosita, a documentary by award-winning filmmakers Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, traces a young girl's journey from innocent victim to unwitting victor. When a nine-year-old Nicaraguan girl becomes pregnant as a result of a rape, her parents - illiterate campesinos working in Costa Rica - seek a legal "therapeutic" abortion to save their only child's life. Their quest pits them against the governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the medical establishment, and the Catholic Church. When their story gains international media attention, the repercussions ripple across Latin America and Europe.
Philadelphia filmmakers Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater have collaborated on documentaries focusing on women's lives for over a decade. Their most recent award-winning collaborations, Landowska: Uncommon Visionary (1997) and I Witness: Shot Down in Pensacola (2000), have been widely screened and publicly praised. In 1999, Attie, with Martha Lubell, produced and directed Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust. Other documentaries produced by Attie & Goldwater Productions include Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortion; Legal But Out of Reach: Six Women 's Abortion Stories; and If It 's Not a Piano, What is It?
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