Break the Silence features raw, powerful interviews with 18 diverse cisgender and transgender women about their sexual & reproductive health histories. Challenging social taboo with unflinching candor, vulnerability, and often great humor, Break the Silence kickstarts vitally important community and classroom conversations around sexual education, health, autonomy, pleasure, and human rights.
“This documentary should be seen and digested by anyone with a pulse."
Using an inclusive and intersectional approach grounded in reproductive justice, Break the Silence refocuses attention onto the actual lived experiences of women. Cisgender and transgender women from a variety of racial and ethnic, age, sexual orientation, and class backgrounds candidly recount their histories with sexual education, early sexual experiences, abortion, birth control, masturbation, relationships, gender transition, menstruation, STIs, gynecological exams, sexual assault, pregnancy, pleasure, and much more.
By connecting the dots between our personal sexual and reproductive experiences and the broader social structures they unfold within, Break the Silence challenges us to reconsider unexamined beliefs and catalyzes vital conversations about the kind of world we want to live in.
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"The women in O'Feral's film are all forthright and engaging...Recommended."
"Sexual and reproductive rights can be abused in many different ways, as Break the Silence powerfully displays. However, the context in which these occur often also play a big role in the lived experiences. Through an intersectional approach, the film invites us to consider how our own personal experiences are embedded within the larger social structures of class, ethnicity and justice."
“Break the Silence opens the conversation around needs of transgender women, not with our differences, but with our similarities. Our realities are not all that different. We are women. We are human.”
This is an important film for students today. Break the Silence is an eye-opening and raw view into individual stories of sexuality and sexual experiences that sheds light on both the tragedies and beauty of sex and relationships in our time. The power and meaning of the stories speak to the experiences, fears and joys of young people even if the specifics of a story are far away from their own.
O'Feral's powerful documentary roused the little girl resting in my psyche's recesses...I cried for that little girl, and bore witness to the pain, the strength, and the resilience of the women on the screen. We appear to be at a national moment of reckoning in how we talk about and address sexual abuse and harassment. These stories need to be told so we can bear witness and help each other to heal.
Break the Silence is endearing, heart-wrenching, and empowering. The stories are gentle in their delivery, yet collectively they serve as a loud wake up call to people to understand the very real life experiences of these women, and all women.
“Incredibly intimate, thoughtful, moving. I hope this is seen in many, many more communities as a tool for change.”
"Raw and powerful intimacy...the response from the audience was incredible."