'Break the Silence' filmmaker honored

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BRATTLEBORO — Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee will honor Willow O'Feral, filmmaker, artist, and community organizer, at its signature event — Sex, Politics, and Cocktails — Monday at Duo Restaurant in Brattleboro.

The committee's President and CEO Meagan Gallagher, and Board Members Creston Lea, Randall Perkins, Sarah Robinson, Steven Sinding and Janet Warren, are proud to honor O'Feral with the Choice Champion Award for raising community awareness about reproductive justice with her documentary "Break the Silence." The film features interviews with diverse Vermont women about their sexual and reproductive histories.

Choice Champion awards honor the work of volunteers, donors, supporters and community members in protecting and expanding access to sexual and reproductive health care in Vermont.

"I'm deeply honored and excited to receive the Choice Champion Award from an organization that has been there for me all my life — in fact, Planned Parenthood has often been my only reliable and consistent source of health care," said O'Feral. "Every individual in our country should have access to comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care and education.

"I believe that storytelling is one of the most effective ways to build empathy, understanding and to galvanize action, which is why I made the film 'Break the Silence: Reproductive and Sexual Health Histories.' I hope that by generating honest conversation, the incredibly harmful and hurtful taboos around issues of sex and reproduction in our country are broken down."

Willow O'Feral is a co-founder of the Women's Action Team, a feminist collective working to advance reproductive justice and fight misogyny in Southern Vermont. She is co-director/producer of "Arming Sisters," a feature documentary in post-production about Native American survivors of sexual assault fighting for tribal sovereignty in order to end the rape of Indigenous women.

To join PPVTAF IE PAC to celebrate Choice Champion Willow O'Feral, please visit the Sex, Politics, and Cocktails event page. PPVTAF IE PAC is a nonpartisan political action committee committed to supporting pro-choice, pro-family planning candidates for office in Vermont. Funds raised will be used directly to support the organization's critical electoral efforts in the 2018 election cycle.


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