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Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (2003)

 -  Short  -  January 2003 (USA)
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Cast overview:
Liz Marks ...
Narrator (voice)
Sarah Mueller ...
Ashley Adams
Marcus Berry ...
Mark Pauline ...
Bud LaCroix
John Newmeyer ...
Mr. Adams
Nancy G. Heine ...
Mrs. Adams
Sud Zhu Xu ...
Mr. Lee
Rui Hui Li Xu ...
Mrs. Lee
Benson Wend Da Xu ...
Lee's son
Tina Lee ...
Lee's daughter
Cory Lee ...
Lee Grandchild
Nicky Lee ...
Lee Grandchild


With a witty, voice-over narration, this short explores the history of the United States as a democracy, founded on personal choice, and guaranteeing its citizens the pursuit of happiness. The argument is framed to explore the pros and cons of allowing abortion, contrasting an immigrant Chinese family, the Lees, with the Adams family, descended of a Founding Father. Beside the Adams and Lee families are frogs, nature's cold-blooded harbinger of climate change, environmental disaster, and loveless reproduction. Will the independent spirit of the American republic - with its trust in individual choice - triumph? Written by <>

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Very clever little short film about a woman's right to choose
22 October 2003 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This film was shown at Lunafest 2003, a film festival celebrating women, and the film was brilliant. It a series of film clips and pictures with a woman narrating. The story is cleverly weaved and the point about freedom of choice in America, especially for women's reproductive rights, builds in a very interesting and meaningful way.

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