Film series: Tia Lessen Selects

Filmmaker Tia Lessin
image: filmmaker Tia Lessin courtesy Creative Capital

The clandestine network of anonymous women abetting safe, illegal abortions in pre-Roe Chicago is the subject of Tia Lessin ’86 and Emma Pildes’ new documentary The Janes, and they will present their film in a special screening here at Cornell Cinema on October 13.

The following night, we present a double-feature of films selected by Tia Lessin that made an impact on her as an undergraduate student at Cornell. Those films, Born in Flames and A Question of Silence, both are tales of feminist resistance against the patriarchy. 

Related films

Scene from the film The Janes

The Janes


Scene from the film Born in Flames

Born in Flames


Scene from the film A Question of Silence

A Question of Silence