The Big Hysto: A Black Womb Revolution

The Big Hysto: A Black Womb Revolution

Date: March 2, 2023

Documentary Screening & Cast Panel Discussion

7 pm

The University Union Ballroom



Melissa Muganzo Murphy's film, “The Big Hysto,” draws on her personal experience. She suffered from cystic acne, uncontrollable weight gain, and heavy menstrual bleeding, assuming they were a normal part of being a woman until a Black nurse pulled her aside and told her she had fibroids. The nurse also told Muganzo Murphy that doctors didn’t share that information with her because she is Black.

Learning more about Black and other women whose medical issues were ignored, misdiagnosed, or downplayed inspired her to make the film, which premieres July 6 at Esquire IMAX Theatre in downtown Sacramento. It features 15 women sharing their experiences and difficulties navigating the health care system.

“I decided to take my company and all of my access and my agency and say we're going to create this documentary, and we’re going to have a casting call with real-time people so it’s not history, it’s present day,” Muganzo Murphy said. “People that are still having families, that are experiencing real-life racism, sexism, homophobia in the hospital present day.”

More info to come. Stay tuned! All ages permitted. No alcohol sold or permitted at venue. Open to the general public.

Melissa Muganzo Murphy/ The Big Hysto Official Website
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