About the documentary


BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America.

The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children.

The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America.

This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”WATCH THE TRAILER

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Release dates

  • July 25thDallas, TX

    Opening at the The Texas Theatre in Dallas, Texas for one night.

    • The Texas Theatre, 231 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208
  • July 28thLos Angeles, CA

    Opening at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills for one week. Tickets will go on sale on July 25th.

    • Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
  • July 29thLong Beach, CA

    Opening at the Art Theatre for two nights. Tickets will go on sale soon.

    • Art Theatre, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
  • Sept. 1stColumbus, OH

    Opening at the Gateway Film Center. Tickets will go on sale soon.

  • Sept. 9thPortland, OR

    Opening at the Hollywood Theater for one night. Tickets will go on sale soon.

  • Sept. 20thYork, PA

    Opening at the Small Star Art House for one night. Tickets will go on sale soon.

  • Sept. 26thHuntington, NY

    Opening at the Cinema Arts Centre for one night. Tickets will go on sale soon.


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The War On Women’s Repro Health Not Just About Abortion, As Outlined In ‘Birthright’ Documentary

  Jul 21, 2017     Birthright

If there is one documentary you watch about the state of reproductive healthcare in America this year, make it ‘Birthright: A War Story’. If you live in the United States, you are most likely keeping track of the Republicans’ attempt to propose a new healthcare bill, which would seek to roll back many of the important provisions currently available under the Affordable Care Act. ...

Review: In ‘Birthright: A War Story,’ a 40-Year Offensive Against Reproductive Choices

  Jul 21, 2017     Birthright

“Birthright: A War Story” packs a powerful message: that reproduction has become perilous for women in America. Abortion is beside the point. The thesis here is that, after Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, opponents of the decision spent the next 40 years organizing an incremental offensive on multiple fronts to restrict access to abortion, contraception and...

This Real-Life ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Makes for One of the Year’s Most Compelling Documentaries

  Jul 20, 2017     Birthright

The new feature documentary, "Birthright: A War Story," chronicles the stories of some of the war on choice's most unlikely victims, beginning with two expectant parents from Nebraska. Grand Island resident Danielle Deaver was adamantly anti-choice, until the state forbade her from inducing the birth of her daughter at 22 weeks. "We were getting [our son] to bed, and I felt something funny,"...


Take Action

Right now, members of Congress are looking to rapidly pass the harmful American Health Care Act, which would strip health care from 22 million Americans, defund support for critical medical services like cancer screenings and mammograms, and cut maternal health care funding and access to birth control for low income women. If passed, this bill would only further the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care in America.


American women are under siege, and the need to engage our elected officials could not be more urgent.


After watching BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY in theaters or at a community screening event, the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do is to tell your elected officials that you want them to defend women’s health care and constitutional rights.

Your lawmakers represent you — make your voice heard and help protect American women’s ability to make their own medical decisions. Tell your elected official that you want them to stop the AHCA!


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Film credits


Civia Tamarkin – Director, Executive Producer, Writer

Civia Tamarkin is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and former television news executive. She has produced independent and cable documentaries as well as developed programming content, models and strategies for cable, internet and digital global platforms. Tamarkin formerly was a CNN executive and Executive Producer of CNN’s Emmy Award weekly news magazine show “CNN & Time.” She produced investigative segments and series for ABC World News Tonight, half-hour specials for Nightline and contributed to ABC’s coverage of major news stories. Her investigative reporting led to one of the first exculpatory DNA exonerations in America as well as the exoneration of a death row inmate. She has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers and reported stories in Central America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia, including the fall of Vietnam and its aftermath. Tamarkin has received a National News and Documentary Emmy, National Emmy nominations, National Headliner Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and awards from The Society of Professional Journalists, the Overseas Press Club of America and the Chicago Headline Club.


Luchina Fisher – Co-executive Producer, Writer

Luchina Fisher is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. She has written and produced three nationally broadcast documentaries on Gladys Knight, B.B. King and the history of Title IX, as well as numerous segments for television. Her work has appeared on Discovery Health, A&E, ESPN, National Geographic Channel, ABC and in syndication. She is also the writer, director and producer of two award-winning short films. Fisher began her career as a journalist, reporting for the Miami Herald and People magazine. She was a contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Lifetime magazine and Health, as well as online at where she currently writes about the entertainment industry. She is also the co-author/ghostwriter of several books. Fisher has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Illinois Arts Council.


Brad WhiteDirector of Photography / Editor

Through the course of his 25-year career, Brad White has lensed and edited TV commercials, corporate marketing pieces, television specials, and documentaries in over 60 countries. His work has been showcased on National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, History Channel and Travel Channel, and he is the recipient of numerous awards inclusive of a National Emmy Nomination.


Ingrid ArnesenProducer

Ingrid Arnesen is an award-winning journalist, investigative reporter and documentary producer. Starting in Central America in 1983, she has reported on civil conflicts, human rights and constitutional liberties, covering major international and U.S. news for CBS News, ABC News and CNN. Her work has earned her a Peabody Award for her investigation on terrorism, and the Alfred I. DuPont and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her reporting on Haiti. She is also the recipient of the Royal British Television Society Award for Excellence in Journalism. Ms. Arnesen currently is an independent broadcast and print journalist, contributing to the Discovery Channel, BBC News and The Wall Street Journal.


Steve FilmerProducer

Steve Filmer is an Emmy-award winning producer and broadcaster. Steve has more than two decades of experience working both in front of and behind the camera. His on-air credits include Consumer Editor for ABC’s Good Morning America, and reporting at network affiliates in Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Atlanta. His years of consumer, investigative and breaking-news reporting give him unique insights into developing campaigns and creative story lines that win with audiences.

Suzanne D.Johnson

Suzanne D. JohnsonProducer

The former owner and executive producer of an award-winning film and video production company, AZanne Productions, Inc. Suzanne has produced programs for cable and broadcast networks, television commercials, corporate and public service videos, and independent films and documentaries which have aired on PBS. In the 1990s, she created Gnosis, Ltd., an educational arts and humanities non-profit organization through which she produced events and symposia, arts and cultural tours, and books, as well as documentaries. She has been awarded an Emmy, Clios, and Tellys and has been the recipient of numerous grants and corporate sponsorships.


Blake Tamarkin – Associate Producer

Blake Tamarkin has been involved in various aspects of film and television productions as a student filmmaker, production assistant and associate producer. While working with WME | IMG in New York, Tamarkin developed original content for reality based TV shows and assisted with the production of the 2015 NHL Award Show. In addition, he helped produce the 2015 and 2016 NYC Marathon national broadcast. Tamarkin currently works closely with Red Hour Films, a Ben Stiller company, where he develops projects for film and television.

Joel Futterman & Ike LevinComposers

Joel Futterman & Ike Levin – Original Music

Joel Futterman is an internationally acclaimed jazz pianist recognized as a leading pioneer into the frontiers of jazz rooted creative, improvisational music.  He has been described by the Jazz Times and Village Voice’s music critic Nat Hentoff as “a musical genius who draws from an unbounded reservoir of creativity” and by Howard Reich music critic for the Chicago Tribune as “an artist who is influencing the future directions of jazz and improvisational music.”  All his music is composed entirely “in-the-moment” never relying on preconceived or predetermined musical concepts.  He has performed at a variety of prominent jazz festivals, concert venues, and clubs across North America and Europe for over four decades. In addition to the piano, he plays the soprano saxophone and a variety of Indian Wooden Flutes.

Ike Levin is a multi-reed instrumentalist and composer who performs regularly across the U.S and Canada.  All About Jazz described Ike’s tenor saxophone playing as “fiery, passionate, with an expressive robust tone, winding soulful lines and shrewd utilization of space.” The Jazz Review commented his “musical ideas pour out effortlessly without succumbing to cliches.”  Ike has a discography of 14 CDs to date.  In 2002, he founded the independent recording label, Charles Lester Music, to promote the musician driven documentation and dissemination of collectively improvised music.


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