Artist Filmmaker Seeks Health Care Equality in Territories of the Breast

11 Muchedumbre in Organic Mutation and knowledgeSonia Báez-Hernández is an artist, filmmaker and cancer survivor who has produced  a powerful film with a message for change.  Territories of the Breast raises awareness about discriminatory health practices and healthcare inequities for minority women in the U.S The film is a personal narrative featuring  Báez-Hernández and her story and also profiles interviews with cancer survivors. Producer,  Sonia Báez-Hernández, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 at an outpatient facility in Evanston. While at the facility, she reports, she canceled her surgery twice because her rights to participate in critical decisions about her care were violated. This documentary clearly demonstrates that navigating  the healthcare system without medical coverage  can be  a confusing,  harsh and at times dismissive experience. Báez-Hernández interviews women who have fought for their lives and  lived through cancer while battling the system seeking  treatment.  The film stresses the importance of early detection and medical care for all women and questions how  in a country of enormous wealth, preventive healthcare is neither  affordable  nor equitable for all citizens. Territories of the Breast  courageously  ventures into challenging territory exploring difficult  questions about human rights and healthcare, a film by an artist, filmmaker and healthcare reform champion  that could  open the way for transformative change.

by Cheryl McLean, Editor of International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP

Territories of the Breast’ Stands in a Tradition of Women’s Activism

33 dancer"Territories of the Breast’ stands in a tradition of women’s activism about breast cancer and its treatment, making a valuable contribution to art about illness. This is a moving and informative movie that begins from Sonia Baez-Hernandez’s own diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Using voices from patients, families and medical practitioners, it tells stories of problems faced by women of color, for whom screening opportunities and treatment options are comparatively limited. It also raises the issue of what women without health insurance in the USA face when they receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. Using her own life as an artist, Sonia shows how she encounters the effects of disease, one part of this being the making of this DVD and its promise of help to other women in situations similar to her own.

by Alan Radley,  Professor of Social Psychology, Loughborough University, UK.