‘Call Jane’ Director Comments her Timely Abortion Drama

Call Jane

Call Jane, which is screening in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, tells the story of a married woman with an unwanted pregnancy who can’t get the legal abortion, so she works with a group of suburban women to find help. The movie is directed by Pyhllis Nagy and produced by Robbie Brenner, David Wulf and Kevin McKeon.

The movie is inspired by a network of women called the Janes, or officially Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberation, who arranged safer illegal abortions in Chicago in the 60s and 70s.  It all started with a student Heather Booth who decided to help a friend’s sister secure an illegal abortion and consequently, developed the network of women coming to her for help – which motivated her to recruit a group of feminists to assist one another.

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In the interview for Deadline, Nagy says that she “grew up in an environment where the right to choose was not an absolute right and where the issue of women’s rights was always pretty dodgy.” She adds that this is the reason she was so excited by “the opportunity to speak in a way that actually was completely serious but also entertaining.”

Although we do see a lot of movies about women’s rights nowadays, Nagy believes many of them revert to the same trope of showing women suffering, and none of them instead show “women working together to solve a problem” – and this movie is doing exactly that.

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