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Lesser Choices

Courtney STEPHENS

  • United States
  • 2022
  • 9min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

Asian Premiere

SYNOPSIS

The bleached palette and home-movie aesthetics of Super 8 footage provide the image track for this testimonial about an illegal abortion in Mexico City in the 1960s, delivered in voice-over by the filmmaker's mother, summoning a time of great uncertainty and offering a warning to the present. 

PROGRAM NOTE

The voice of the filmmaker's mother, Estelle, recounts the memories of the abortion procedure she received 50 years ago. This intimate experience testifies to the risks and confusion women faced at that time. Although the Super 8 footage capturing the city's street scenery may evoke images from typical family albums, those collection of images were created by the filmmaker, instead of the memory of her mother without visual images because she covered her eyes on the way to receive the surgery. The film slides between memory, archives, and reenactments, inviting different memories. [KIM Shinjae]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
205 2023-08-26 | 11:30 - 12:38 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5
505 2023-08-29 | 14:30 - 15:38 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5

Director

  • Courtney STEPHENS

    A writer and director of non-fiction and experimental films. Her work has been exhibited at The National Gallery of Art, The Barbican, Walker Art Center, The Royal Geographical Society, and in film festivals including the Berlinale, the Viennale, and the New York Film Festival.

     

Credit

  • Cast Courtney STEPHENS

CONTACT

Veggie Cloud | Courtney STEPHENS | courtneyjune@gmail.com
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