Sunday, May 27, 2007

Abortion film wins top prize at Cannes

CNN is reporting that the top prize at Cannes this year is going to an abortion-related film. From CNN's article:

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize Sunday with "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," a harrowing portrait of an illegal abortion in communist-era Romania. The low-budget, naturalistic film about a student who goes through horrors to ensure that her friend can have a secret abortion beat out 21 other movies in competition for the Riviera festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or -- including films by well-known directors like Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers and Wong Kar-wai.
This seems like an important film that people should see, especially if they have an active voice in the abortion debate. Illegal abortions are a horrific phenomenonn that visit violence upon the women that partake in them. Before people make a judgment about whether or not abortions should be legal, they should at least see the visual and circumstantial reality of illegal abortion. Obviously the film will have a bias, an opinion on the matter, but then again, most of the best films do.

As a side note, it's too damn hard to see these films. Hopefully a US Distributor will pick it up and we'll see it on DVD; otherwise, we'll be forced to resort to imports....

Related posts:
-A new breed of evangelicals
-More thoughts on abortion

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To stop illegal abortions, criminalize the providers.
(And perhaps the consumers, though that is less effective and I would not endorse it, since women seeking abortions are generally already in a disadvantaged position.)

That way no one will provide illegal abortions and there will not be any illegal abortions.

Since abortion is murder this argument is:
Illegal murder is so horrible! We should legalize it!

Legal murder (abortion) is just as horrible as illegal murder (abortion). It is only more safe for the murderer (the women consenting to murder her child).