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by Diana Whitten


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.


90 mins



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