ABORT

N 1971, D Vibeke Løkkeberg, SC Halvor Elvik, Vibeke Løkkeberg, C Jan Knutzen, S Nils BjöIgerun, P Norsk Dokumentarfilm A/S, Print colour, 16mm, 40 min, Norwegian OV with German SUB and electronic English SUB, Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.

Introduction by Sibylla Flügge

the problems of an unwanted pregnancy are demonstrated through the story of a 16-year-old girl. not only must she find her own way to an expert’s office; she realises that she can’t talk to her mother or her boyfriend about the pregnancy; that her girlfriend can’t help her; and that she is at the mercy of doctors and bureaucrats. a woman doctor gives her clear information about the reduced risk of medical complications through vacuum aspiration. the film finishes with a montage over a song about abortion by bertolt brecht. this clear and beautiful film is especially suitable for discussion among young girls. (Frauen und Film No. 2, 1974)

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WHOSE CHOICE?

GB 1976, D London Women’s Film Group, P London Women’s Film Group, British Film Institute Production Board, Cast Anthea Meadows, Peter Powell, Johnnie Clarke, Print colour, 16mm, 37 min, English OV with electronic German SUB, BFI National Archive

Whose Choice? wurde von der londoner women’s film group gedreht, diese gruppe hatte sich im januar 1972 im rahmen der frauenbewegung mit dem ziel gegründet, filme zu machen, die frauenthemen aufgreifen und, in jüngster zeit, die ästhetischen und technischen probleme einer feministischen filmpraxis anzugehen. […] Whose Choice? sollte der national abortion campaign zur verfügung gestellt werden […] und außerdem ganz allgemein die diskussion in frauengruppen, im unterricht oder öffentlichen veranstaltungen als gezieltes stück propaganda unterstützen. der film sollte dazu beitragen, das thema abtreibung in die öffentlichkeit zu bringen (Christine Gledhill, Frauen und Film Nr. 16, 1978).

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amer. American English
b/w Black and white
OV Original version
SUB Subtitles
+SUB electronic live subtitling (below the image)
INT Intertitles
Countries
AT Austria
FRG Federal Republic of Germany (historic)
BLR Belarus
DE Germany
CAN Canada
GDR German Democratic Republic (historic)
EGY Egypt
FR France
GB Great Britain
URY Uruguay
BRA Brasil
SWE Sweden
UKR Ukraine
PL Poland
IDN Indonesia
PRT Portugal
HRV Croatia
ECU Ecuador
HUN Hungary
AUS Australia
IT Italy
MEX Mexico
IND India
Sybilla Flügge

Retired Prof. Dr. Sibylla Flügge, born in 1950, studied law in Frankfurt am Main and has been active in the women’s health movement. Since 1983, she has been co-editor of the feminist legal journal STREIT. Flügge practiced law and gave birth to two children. From 1990 to 1994, she served as an advisor for health policy and sex work in the women’s department of the City of Frankfurt. From 1994 to 2016, she was engaged as a professor at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences with a concentration on women’s rights, at the same time serving as the officer for women’s affairs at the university. She has conducted research on legal history concerning women, the history of midwifery and family law.

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