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After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the country who provide third-trimester abortions for women. AFTER TILLER moves between the rapidly unfolding stories of these doctors, all of whom were close colleagues of Dr. Tiller, and are fighting to keep this service available in the wake of his death. These four people have become the new number-one targets of the pro-life movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients' lives. AFTER TILLER shows them confronting harassment from protesters, challenges in their personal lives, and a series of tough ethical decisions. Written by
American producers and documentary directors Lana Wilson and Martha Shane's individually debut and second documentary feature which they co-wrote with film editor and director Greg O'Toole, was conceived after Lana Wilson had watched a news coverage in 2009 concerning an American late term abortion care provider and Lutheran named George R. Tiller and the anti-abortion movement in the United States. It premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 29th Sundance Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in USA and is an American production which was produced by Lana Wilson and Martha Shane. It tells the story about four educated and trained professional physicians named LeRoy Carhart, Susan Robinson, Shelley Sella and Warren Hern who openly works and performs third-trimester abortions which are often done at the stage in the gravidity when the once biological cell called zygote is potentially able to live outside the woman's uterus, at legitimate abortion clinics in the American states of Maryland, New Mexico and Colorado.
Distinctly and subtly directed by independent filmmakers Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, this quietly paced and non-fictional documentary which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a reasonable, humane and informative portrayal of two men and two women who despite decades of consistent persecution by people who are against their practice of legal medical abortions, assists, protects and respects the rights of women to make their own decisions based on their own evaluations and carry out the surgical treatment they ask for if the surgery doesn't endanger their reproductive health or their lives. While notable for its real milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographers Hillary Spera and Emily Topper and use of sound, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven true story about a critical medical service within the public health sector which was legalized in the U.S. in 1973 by the U.S. supreme court, potential life, alleviation of suffering, human interest before state interest, a woman educated pro-choice physician who continued his fathers' work in the early 1970s, the people whom he inspired and how they work with their patients and regard their profession, the history of anti-abortion crimes, and the variegated and far from casual reasons as to why someone goes through with these specific types of abortion which are distinguishable from miscarriage and first-trimester, second-trimester, self-induced, forced, sex-selective and illegal abortion, contains numerous interesting and heartrending interviews and a timely score by composers Andy Cabic and Eric D. Johnson.
This constructively conversational, densely observed and relevant feature-length documentary which is set in the United States of America in the early 21st century and where women from various age groups, situations and religious or non-religious upbringing who are twenty-nine weeks and longer into their pregnancy are provided with an opportunity to tell their stories without having to justify themselves to anyone, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle continuity, substantial depictions of the real-life situations of the doctors, distanced look at some of the protesters and by choosing to remain close to the main subjects who are vital to the understanding of the central theme and emphasizing theirs, the nurses, the counsellors and the patients' viewpoints instead of constructing a more fragmented narrative with the archival footage which is commendably used to enlighten rather than to inflame. An accomplished approach to a historic theme which is exemplified when a polarized sixteen-year-old Roman Catholic girl navigates it into the center of humanity.
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