Dr. Rebecca Gomperts sails a ship around the world, providing abortions at sea for women with no legal alternative. Her idea begins as flawed spectacle, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockade. But with each roadblock comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca realizes she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves abortions using WHO-researched protocols with pills.
From there we witness her create an underground network of emboldened, informed activists who trust women to handle abortion themselves. “Vessel” is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who hears and answers a calling, and transforms a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.
English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Swahili
Presented by Sovereignty Productions in association with Fork Films, Impact Partners, and Chicken & Egg Pictures
Directed and Produced by Diana Whitten
Produced by Mitchell Block
Executive Producers: Abigail Disney, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous
Co-executive Producer: Jenny Raskin
Co-producer: Elissa Brown
Edited by Simeon Hutner
Cinematography by Diana Whitten
Original Music by T. Griffin, Heather Mcintosh
Animation by Emily Hubley, Emilie Hsin Pei Liu