The hard-hitting French film “Happening” will be screened at Lake Flower Landing on August 2 –

SARANAC LAKENY—The newly formed Abortion Access Committee of Adirondack Voters for Change is proud to present the new feature “Event” at Lake Flower Landing421 Lake Flower Avenue, in Saranac Lake Tuesday, August 2 at 7 p.m.

A French film released in the United States last spring, “Eventwon the Golden Lion for Best Film at the prestigious Venice Film Festival last year. It is based on a true story and is set in the early 1960s, when abortion and contraception were illegal in France and anyone who had an abortion or helped someone to have an abortion risked prison.

In this hard-hitting film directed by Audrey Diwan, who co-wrote the screenplay with Annie Ernaux and Marcia Romano, Anne (played by Anamaria Vartolomei) is a bright young student with a bright future ahead of her, including plans that would make her the first in her family to attend university. But when she learns that she is pregnant, Anne sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social environment disappear. She faces two choices: either (1) she can carry her pregnancy to term, giving up all hope for her chosen career; or (2) trying to find a way to obtain an illegal abortion, knowing that the second choice could lead to her being imprisoned or even killing her.

Disturbingly, this is a serious dilemma that millions of pregnant Americans may face now that the Supreme Court has overturned its own groundbreaking Roe v. Wade – a decision handed down almost 50 years ago that guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion.

Immediately following the screening, a panel discussion will be moderated by Tess Barker, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the North Country; Dr. Eve Burns and Dr. James Pate, with Dr. Dorothy Federman as moderator. Asked to answer the question “What is the future of reproductive freedom in New York and our country?”, panelists will also discuss the film as well as likely topics such as citizens and other American residents can make a difference. in battle. to demand reproductive rights in America. Keep in mind that the majority of Americans believe that decisions about when and whether to have a child rest with the pregnant person, usually in consultation with them, their doctor, or another healthcare professional.

“This event will be a call to action before it’s too late,” said Jim Abendroth, president of Adirondack Voters for Change and member of the Abortion Access Committee.

In French with English subtitles, “Event“, which is unrated and contains adult content, is intended for mature audiences only. Masks will be required at the event and a $10 donation is requested. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please RSVP by email to [email protected] if you plan to attend as places are very limited.

Top photo: Original poster for HAPPENING, a French film that will be screened at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake on August 2. Photo provided by Frederick Balzac.

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