A panel discussion about the abortion regime in Northern Ireland followed the screenings of ‘A Quiet Inquisiton’ and ‘Vessel’. Amnesty International and the Belfast Film Festival worked together in this event.

Supported by Amnesty International, this film strand explores the agency of women who challenge and respond creatively to anti-abortion laws in two very different contexts – a ship in offshore waters and a public hospital in Nicaragua.

The screenings were followed by panel discussions focused on the abortion regime in Northern Ireland, amongst the most restrictive and punitive in the world, an ongoing efforts to reform and decriminalise the right to choose in line with women’s basic human rights.