This week's movie is Call Jane.
Genre(s): Drama, History
Chicago, 1968. As the city and the nation are poised on the brink of political upheaval, suburban housewife Joy (Elizabeth Banks) leads an ordinary life with her husband and daughter. When Joy's pregnancy leads to a life-threatening heart condition, she must navigate an all-male medical establishment unwilling to terminate her pregnancy in order to save her life. Her journey for a solution leads her to Virginia (Sigourney Weaver), an independent visionary fiercely committed to women's health, and Gwen (Wunmi Mosaku), an activist who dreams of a day when all women will have access to abortion, regardless of their ability to pay. Joy is so inspired by their work, she decides to join forces with them, putting every aspect of her life on the line.
Please register if you will join us in the large meeting room.
Register online or by calling the library at 973-584-2400. Thank you!
DISCLAIMER: Some people may find the topic of this film offensive. Abortion is a sensitive topic for many, and tends to stir deeply held emotions. We understand if, after learning of the topic of this week's screening, you decide you no longer wish to attend.
From the trailer and the film's reviews, the film falls squarely on one side of the abortion debate. People who are viscerally pro-life may find it personally offensive.
Next week's screening is another film, this time falling squarely on the other side of the abortion debate. People who are viscerally pro-choice may find it personally offensive.
While it would be easier to cancel both films, or better yet not schedule them in the first place, doing so would do disservice to the mission of the library. Learning, growth, understanding, and empathy cannot occur if we censor ourselves. Our role is to educate and provide a forum in which people can expand their horizons. Sometimes that process can be painful, especially when one confronts a long held opinion/bias. With respect to the pro-life/pro-choice debate, we have plenty of books of a more conservative nature and by conservative writers who are against the practice, just as we have materials representing the opposite. This particular topic is charged and controversial, but because it remains relevant today no matter which side you're on, it is therefore appropriate to allow the public to debate, and have the opportunity to see and hear from both sides.
We will repeat this disclaimer in person before the film starts this afternoon.