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Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness (2003)

It's about everything and one thing: choice.


Tiffany Shlain
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Liz Marks Liz Marks ... Narrator (voice)
Sarah Mueller Sarah Mueller ... Ashley Adams
Marcus Berry Marcus Berry ... Chad
Mark Pauline Mark Pauline ... Bud LaCroix
John Newmeyer John Newmeyer ... Mr. Adams
Nancy G. Heine Nancy G. Heine ... Mrs. Adams
Sud Zhu Xu Sud Zhu Xu ... Mr. Lee
Rui Hui Li Xu Rui Hui Li Xu ... Mrs. Lee
Benson Wend Da Xu Benson Wend Da Xu ... Lee's son
Tina Lee Tina Lee ... Lee's daughter
Cory Lee Cory Lee ... Lee Grandchild
Nicky Lee 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Short



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Release Date:

January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Grottofilms See more »
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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Included in the Film Festival Collection DVD: Shorts!, Vol. 2. See more »


Lulay, Lulay
Arranged by Irina Mikhailovaand Kitka
Performed by Irina Mikhailovaand Kitka
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Very clever little short film about a woman's right to choose
22 October 2003 | by andreabeSee 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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