In 2007 Dr. Carla Cerrato’s daily routine as an OBGYN at a large public hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, took a detour. The newly elected government of Daniel Ortega, a former revolutionary who converted to Catholicism to win votes, overturned a 130 year old law protecting therapeutic abortion. This new law entirely prohibits abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at stake. Since the laws passed, healthcare providers have had to navigate between obeying the hand of this punitive law, and breaking it to provide care for women and girls in medical danger.
It is Dr. Cerrato we travel with, but the road she traverses brings us to the emotional core of the story – the experiences and situations of the young women and girls who are seeking care, and the ethical implications of a doctor's response.
Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn have been producing documentary stories collaboratively since 1998. Their films have focused on Albania, Rwanda, India, Taiwan, and issues in Central America as well as the U.S. Their projects include Te Dürosh, Harsh Beauty, Katrina and the 3 million dollar tiger, A Garden Grows in Harlem and Summer Ghosts as well as other shorts and community based projects. To learn more about the projects, visit Adrenaline Films at www.adrenalinefilms.net.