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Annual film festival celebrates legacy of women’s rights

Every year, the Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition hosts the LUNAFEST film festival in January to celebrate women’s reproductive rights. It’s back again this year, screening nine short films made by, for and about women.

The showings begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Centennial Hall, with tickets available both in advance and at the door for $15. Tickets are available at www.lunafest.org, at both locations of Hearthside Books or from a JPCC board member (email juneauchoice@gmail.com). All proceeds go to JPCC, which works to maintain safe and accessible reproductive health care in Juneau and surrounding Southeast communities. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction.

The Luna Bar company started LUNAFEST, and screenings are held in more than 175 cities across the country. In 2017, according to a release from JPCC, almost 350 Juneau residents attended the festival.

LUNAFEST always falls on a weekend in late January to celebrate the anniversary of landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which ruled that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s right to abort her pregnancy. The ruling was made Jan. 22, 1973.

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