Price: $210.00

    Code: 1661

    Directed by Ana Maria Garcia
    1982, 40 minutes
    Purchase: $210 / Classroom Rental: $125

    Puerto Rico has the highest incidence of female sterilization in the world. Over one-third of all Puerto Rican women of childbearing age have been sterilized. So common is the operation that it is simply known as ‘la operacion.' Using newsreels and excerpts from government propaganda films, plus interviews with Puerto Rican women, doctors, birth control specialists and politicians, this film explores the controversial use of sterilization as a means of population control.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    * Merit Award, Latin American Studies Association
    * Documentary Prize, Festival of New Latin American Cinema


    "A penetrating expose...For adult audiences interested in feminism, social policy, population control." —Library Journal

    "The general points it makes are valid beyond the boundaries of Puerto Rico...a film that will evoke powerful response." —Psychology of Women Quarterly