Sunday, July 3, 2011


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Biblioteca Alternativa si Biroul de Cercetari Melodramatice va invita la proiectia filmului documentar:

Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa, Germania, 2008 - de Sarah Diehl

Miercuri, 6 iulie 2011, ora 20.00, Biblioteca Alternativa, Str. Episcop Radu nr. 17

Proiectia va fi urmata de o discutie pornind de la film http://www.abortion-democracy.de/ si de la cercetarea BMR http://thebureauofmelodramaticresearch.blogspot.com/2011/05/spectres-of-fetuses.html
Multumim lui Sarah Diehl pentru film si sprijin.


De ce sunt mai accesibile avorturile ilegale din Polonia decat cele legale din Africa de Sud? Filmul documentar Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa exploreaza si compara schimbarile legislative cu privire la avort si impactul acestora asupra vietilor femeilor din Polonia si Africa de Sud.
In anii '90 in Polonia avortul a fost interzis din cauza influentei din ce in ce mai mari a Bisericii Catolice dupa caderea comunismului. In aceeasi perioda in Africa de Sud avortul a fost legalizat in urma reformei sistemului de sanatate dupa terminarea regimului apartheid.

Filmul scoate in evidenta legatura directa intre statutul legal al femeii si atentia acordata vocilor femeilor. In societatea poloneza si in media, perspectivele femeilor sunt invizibile; in Africa de Sud, pe de alta parte, ele sunt invitate sa vorbeasca in parlament despre probleme legate de drepturile reproductive.


Filmul pledeaza pentru avorturi sigure si accesibile si pentru legi liberale cu privire la avort. In acelasi timp insa recunoaste paradoxul implementarii unor asemenea legi liberale, care poate avea un efect nesemnificativ asupra accesibilitatiii serviciilor de avort. In Polonia, spre exemplu, avorturile ilegale sunt destul de accesibile si relativ sigure; in Africa de Sud, unde legislatia este foarte liberala, femeile au cu greu acces la informatie si la serviciile spitalelor publice din cauza atitudinii crestin-moralizatoare a personalului medical. Numai o schimbare fundamentala in atitudinea sociala si culturala asupra avortului, contraceptiei si a sanatatii reproductive poate asigura dreptul femeii de a alege intr-o lume in care aprox. 80.000 femei mor in fiecare an din cauza avorturilor nesigure.

Filmul se adreseaza personalului medical, studentilor/studentelor, politicienilor/enelor, avocatilor/elor, membrilor/elor NGO-urilor pentru ca ridica diverse probleme importante in ceea ce priveste accesul la ingrijirea medicala, dezvoltare, drepturile omului si drepturile femeii, legi si politici, precum si intrebari existentiale despre auto-determinare. De aceea Abortion Democracy este folosit pentru programe educationale in domeniul drepturilor reproductive si a ingrijirii medicale, in toata lumea.

Abortion Democracy isi lasa subiectii sa vorbeasca. Interviurile includ povesti personale ale activitistilor/elor, cercetatorilor/oarelor, personalului medical, pacientilor/elor si a altor barbati si femei care traiesc zi de zi cu aceste probleme. Este gandit ca un film provocator pentru orice audienta care este interesata de lupta internationala pentru drepturile omului.

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Biblioteca Alternativa & The Bureau of Melodramatic Research invite you to the screening of the documentary feature:

Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa, Germany, 2008 - by Sarah Diehl

Wednesday, 6th of July, 20.00 hours, Biblioteca Alternativa, Str. Episcop Radu nr. 17

The screening will be followed by a discussion starting from the film http://www.abortion-democracy.de/ and from BMR's research http://thebureauofmelodramaticresearch.blogspot.com/2011/05/spectres-of-fetuses.html
We want to thank Sarah Diehl for the film and support.


Why are illegal abortions more accessible in Poland than legal ones in South Africa?
This documentary feature explores and contrasts changes in Poland and South Africa regarding abortion laws and their impact on the lives of women.

In the 90's, Poland banned abortion due to the increasing influence of the Catholic Church after the fall of communism; around the same time South Africa legalized it, reforming the health system after the fall of apartheid.

The film reveals how the legal status of women is a direct result of the silencing or empowering of women's voices. In the Polish society and media, women's perspectives were made invisible; in South Africa, on the other hand, they were invited to give public hearings in the parliament about problems in the realm of reproduction.

The film aims to emphasize the need for safe abortions and liberal abortion laws. It also, however, illustrates the paradox that the implementation of such laws may have little effect on the accessibility of abortion services. In Poland, for example, illegal abortions are quite available and relatively safe; in South Africa, where the law is very liberal, women have a harder time getting information and services in public hospitals due to judgemental behavior of the health staff. Only a change in the fundamental social and cultural attitudes towards abortion, contraception, and reproductive health can ensure a woman's right to choose in a world where about 80.000 women die every year from unsafe abortions.

The film is suitable for medical staff/students, politicians, lawyers, members of NGOs because it raises a variety of interesting questions concerning access to medical support, development, womans and human rights, laws and policies as well as existential questions about self-determination. Therefore Abortion Democracy is used for educational programmes in the realm of reproductive rights and health care all over the world.

Abortion Democracy lets its subjects speak for themselves. Interviews include personal stories from activists, researchers, health staff, patients and other men and women who live with the problems every day. It is a thought provoking and challenging film for any audience interested in the international struggle for human rights.