PRODUCTIONS by CONCENTRIC MEDIA
The TRILOGY: FROM the BACK-ALLEYS
to the SUPREME COURT & BEYOND
WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL: Untold Stories (28
Compelling personal accounts reveal the physical, legal, and emotional
consequences during the era when abortion was a crime in the United States.
Doctors who risked imprisonment by providing illegal procedures, women
who experienced back-alley abortions, and others who broke the law
by helping women find safe care speak frankly, some for the first time.
FROM DANGER to DIGNITY: The Fight for Safe
Abortion (57 min.)
After more than a century of back-alley tragedies, a national movement
to decriminalize abortion took root. FROM DANGER TO DIGNITY combines
rare archival footage with present-day interviews to weave together two
parallel stories: the evolution of ‘underground’ networks which helped
women find safe abortions outside the law and the intensive efforts of
activists and legislators who broke the silence and changed the laws.
THE FRAGILE PROMISE of CHOICE: Abortion in
the U.S. Today (57 min.)
The World Health Organization estimates that unsafe abortions cause
more than 75,000 deaths annually, worldwide. GIRE, a major reproductive
rights group in Mexico, estimates 1,000,000 abortions take place each year
in Mexico and 1,500 women die from clandestine procedures. Socio-economic
and legal constraints, even in nations where abortion is technically legal
and available, including the United States, prevent millions of women from
obtaining adequate medical care. Situations in the United States
that this video addresses include the crises of access and affordability,
the atmosphere of harassment and violence for doctors and clinic workers,
the impact of growing state and local legislative restrictions for women
seeking care, the complexity of religious issues, and the provider crisis.
Spanish Language Outreach
Descripcíon en Español
THE TRILOGY: FROM the BACK-ALLEYS
to the SUPREME COURT & BEYOND - Audio Tapes
CONCENTRIC MEDIA has produced five
half-hour radio programs entitled FROM the BACK-ALLEYS to the SUPREME
COURT & BEYOND with radio producer Frieda Werden. These tapes are
edited from the original soundtracks of the films in the Trilogy. Audio tapes are available
from Concentric Media.
Downloadable audio files available free! The University at Albany, SUNY has published RealAudio versions of the Trilogy audio tapes. See www.albany.edu/history/FromTheBackAlleys.html
DEAR Dr. SPENCER: Abortion in a Small Town
DEAR Dr. SPENCER is the story of a physician who performed illegal
abortions, and the small town that shielded him from the law. At a time
when abortion was so shameful that the word was rarely spoken, he did more
than 40,000 abortions for women who came to him from all over the country.
FIX-IT SHOPS: An Endangered Species
FIX-IT SHOPS takes an affectionate look behind the scenes at
Menlo Park's Vacuum & Fix-It Shop, which repairs small appliances.
In this intimate portrait, viewers meet the people whose dedication, patience,
and skill contribute to their own community, as well as to the urban ecosystem,
by reducing unnecessary waste in landfills.
Fadiman Productions: Other Work by Dorothy Fadiman