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Democracy on Trial: The Morgentaler Affair

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A concise and captivating review of the legal battle waged by Dr. Henry Morgentaler in Québec and federal courts between 1970 and 1976. Through a combination of newsreel footage, interviews, and dramatic re-enactments (in which Dr. Morgentaler and his lawyer play themselves), this docudrama unravels the complexities of the case that began as a challenge to Canada's abortion law and turned into a precedent-setting civil rights case. The film also offers insight into the physician's motivation for defying the law and reveals how our judicial system responded to this emotionally charged challenge of the controversial abortion law.

1984, 58 min 42 s

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Futura Berlin Award - Category: Documentary Film - with a cash prize of 10,000DM
Prix Futura
March 28 to April 5 1987, Berlin - Germany