CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

The Janes

Year: 2022
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 101 minutes

The Janes

In the spring of 1972, police raided an apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Seven women were arrested and charged. The accused were part of a clandestine network. Using code names, blindfolds, and safe houses to protect their identities and their work, they built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. They called themselves Jane. Facing off against the mafia, the church, and the state, the Janes exhibited unparalleled bravery and compassion for those most in need. Co-directors and Sundance Film Festival alumni Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes unearth this incredibly timely story to demonstrate how the fight for safe and legal abortions was, and continues to be, an uncertain and perilous undertaking. Electrifying archival footage of Chicago in the late 60s and early 70s, coupled with affectingly honest interviews with THE JANES themselves, brings to life the city and its spirit of revolution in that historic moment. —Sundance Film Festival

CIFF46 Screenings

KeyBank State Theatre

Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 4:45 PM

Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 11:45 AM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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Director Director

Emma Pildes, Tia Lessin

Emma Pildes, Daniel Arcana, Jessica Levin

Keith Walker

Kristen Huntley

Film Contact

Community Partners

Pro-Choice Ohio

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

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