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Ms. Tragos passes no overt judgment; the judgment lies in the juxtaposition of stories, and storytellers.
Some stories are among the most resonant I've heard in a documentary this year.
What Ms. Tragos succeeds in illustrating is that if you take away the signs and listen to the stories, there is little difference between women on opposite sides of the debate - at least in the region she covers.
The personal and often raw testimony collected from about two dozen women spans the political divide over abortion, providing one of the most complex treatments of the issue.
The key to understanding why "Abortion: Stories Women Tell" is a quietly powerful documentary is not the first word in the title but the final three.
Stories Women Tell does succeed at what it primarily means to do, which is to take abortion out of the realm of the theoretical and make it more personal.
Told non-judgmentally, all the stories are, in their own way inspirational in their bravery or heart breaking in their reality; sometimes they are both.
Abortion: Stories Women Tell is not balanced 50/50, pro/con. Just like the issue of abortion, the documentary and the women embrace a wide range.
A documentary that honors the ethical complexities of the abortion issue through its presentation of the personal stories of women.
Absorbing documentary on the erosion of abortion rights that leads to interrogation of how this could happen with a White House verbally committed to such rights.
It's not about merely being even-handed; it's about understanding a complicated issue while reminding viewers that no one, not least those choosing to have an abortion, take it lightly.
Tracy Droz Tragos's documentary examines its titular subject with a compassionate eye for regional detail.
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