Remembering Anarcha, a documentary that explores the controversial history of Dr. James Marion Sims and the enslaved African women that were the subjects of his experiments, is available for pre-order through the iTunes store.
Much of the film takes place in Alabama, specifically in Montgomery where Sims conducted experimental surgeries on Anarcha, Lucy, Betsey and about a dozen other women in the late 1840s.
Known as “the father of modern gynecology,” Sims is celebrated with statues at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, the statehouse grounds in Columbia, SC, and previously in New York City’s Central Park. The New York statue was removed in April 2018 due to his controversial legacy of experimenting on enslaved women without anesthesia.
“My producers and I felt this story was important and timely, and we hope it helps to shed more light on the strength and humanity of Anarcha, Lucy, Betsey, and the other women who endured these surgical experiments,” said Josh Carples, the film’s director.
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, is distributing the film in North American markets.
“Filmmaker Josh Carples has powerfully illuminated a little known story in the dark cannon of the legacies of slavery by focusing on the forgotten, rather than the prominent. By doing so he has given a voice to three women, long thought lost to history, and recognized them for their bravery, humanity and impact on modern medicine,” said Gravitas Ventures Acquisitions Coordinator Megan Huggins.
Remembering Anarcha is set to release on-demand on May 4. Pre-order the film here.
About Gravitas Ventures:
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America – over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include Our Friend directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, starring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, and Jason Segel,Vanguard, directed by Stanley Tong and starring Jackie Chan, The Secret: Dare to Dream, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Katie Holmes; End of Sentence starring Logan Lerman and John Hawkes; Looks that Kill; Tread; Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk, narrated by Bill Murray; and Colin Hanks’ All Things Must Pass. For more information, please visit gravitasventures.com, and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.
About Red Arrow Studios:
Red Arrow Studios is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content, comprised of an acclaimed network of international production companies and labels in seven territories; world-leading digital studio, Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures. The group’s significant output includes scripted, non-scripted and formatted content and IP, from TV and film to short-form and branded content, made for an array of global networks and platforms. Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe’s leading media groups. redarrowstudios.com