Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired North American rights to the documentary Remembering Anarcha which explores the controversial history of Dr. James Marion Sims and the enslaved African women that were the subjects of his experiments.
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 experiments on enslaved women without anesthesia.
“My producers and I are thrilled to partner with Gravitas Ventures to make this story available to a wide audience,” said Josh Carples, the film’s director. “We feel that this film is both 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.”
“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. More information can be found at rememberinganarcha.com or their social media channels:
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
A statue of Dr. James Marion Sims stands on the grounds of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. The South Carolinian spent almost two decades in Montgomery, pre-Civil War, practicing medicine. Sims is known as “the father of modern gynecology,” but his detractors call him “Father Butcher” for his experiments on enslaved women – without anesthesia or what is now “informed consent.” His legacy – and the statues dedicated to him in Montgomery, Columbia, SC, and until its removal in early 2018, New York City’s Central Park – only tell part of the story. “Remembering Anarcha” explores this history and issues of ethics, race, and the lingering effects on modern society and medicine.