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December 14, 2009

Film Seeks 'Honest Debate' on Abortion

South Dakota, opening in 2010, seems to take a pro-life stance in the end

An upcoming "dramumentary" -- part drama, part documentary -- called South Dakota: A Woman's Right to Choose is beginning a round of "townhall" screenings and discussions regarding the abortion debate.

The film, according to its website, tells "two dramatic stories about unplanned pregnancies along with sound bites of passionate pro choice and pro life advocates. . . . Through fast paced clips from documentary interviews with a wide range of political, scientific, legal and cultural experts who passionately share their views, [director Bruce] Isacson assembles sound bites like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to accentuate the labyrinthine nature of the situation faced by each young woman. The emotional conclusion of each story leaves audiences with a profoundly new understanding of a woman’s right to choose."

Director Isacson says, "I made the decision not to manipulate the audience with my personal opinions, but to allow moviegoers to reach their own conclusion about a 'woman’s right to choose' after viewing the film."

At a recent screening for 1,000 high school girls in Los Angeles, the majority spoke out against abortion, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The film, which is eyeing a 2010 release but has not yet found a distributor, is being promoted by Motive Entertainment, which previously has handled promotion for such films as The Passion of the Christ, Expelled, and the Narnia films.

Here's the trailer: