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Argentina, My body, Their Choice

D'cruz, Lucy
Efforts to loosen the restrictive abortion law in Argentina may have failed but the country remains firmly divided. In the blue corner, a traditional Catholic elite who see abortion as murder. In the green corner, a rising movement of women fighting for the right to safe and legal abortion. We followed key participants on both sides of the debate in the lead-up to the most important vote in Argentina’s history: the decision on whether to legalise abortion. Mariana Rodríguez Varela, known by her detractors as the Crazy Baby Lady, is the face of the Pro-Life campaign With her army of plastic foetuses, she is passionately pro-life. But the stories of women who suffered illegal abortions in horrific conditions show the horrific reality behind the pro-life rhetoric. And an undercover exposé of a fake abortion clinic secretly run by Catholic nuns reveals the pressure that women are under. As the vote nears, things get heated on both a personal and national level, as Mariana’s dark family past crops up and our presenter is tear-gassed and water-cannoned by cops in an out-of-control protest.

Argentina, My body, Their Choice.

Java Films, 2019.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2021.

Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.

Originally produced by Java Films in 2019.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

In English

D'cruz, Lucy, film director.

Java Films (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst
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