REQUEST A GOOD TALK WITH RENEE TAJIMA-PEÑA
Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award–nominated filmmaker whose latest film is No Más Bebés (No More Babies), the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued Los Angeles county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth during the 1970s. Led by an intrepid 26 year-old Chicana lawyer armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle-blowing young doctor, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice. Their landmark 1975 civil rights lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, asserted that a woman’s right to bear a child is guaranteed under the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Tajima-Peña’s films have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Whitney Biennial with retrospectives at the Flaherty International Film Seminar and the Virginia Film Festival. She has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, USA Broad Fellowship, Alpert Award in the Arts for Film/ Video, a Peabody, a Dupont-Columbia Award, and an International Documentary Association Achievement Award. She teaches social documentary at UCLA, where she is a professor of Asian American Studies, director of the Center for EthnoCommunications and an endowed chair in Japanese American Studies. She is the founder of the Graduate Program in Social Documentation.