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The Sterilization of Leilani Muir

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Twenty-five years ago Leilani Muir was informed she would never be able to conceive a child. Unbeknownst to her, at the age of fourteen, she had already been sexually sterilized, by an Act of the Alberta government. The film entwines her personal search for justice with the background story of eugenics, a respected "science" during the early decades of the twentieth century. In 1928, the Alberta government, supported by some of society's most prominent members, passed the Sterilization Act. By the time the Act was repealed in 1972, the lives of nearly 3,000 individuals were irreparably changed. Included in the wide net of people considered "unfit" to bear children were new immigrants, alcoholics, epileptics, unwed mothers, the poor and native people. The film opens as Leilani concludes years of emotional and legal preparation and steps into court to sue the Alberta government.

1996, 46 min 56 s

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Certificate of Excellence
Itinerant - HESCA Film Festival
May 22 1997, Lake Tahoe - USA

Certificate of Merit
Itinerant - Western Psychological Association (WPA) Film Festival
April 24 to 27 1997, Seattle - USA