Detroit Film Theatre


Thursday, November 01, 2007

7:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
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(US—2007—directed by Tony Kaye)

In the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, an unmarried woman was refused an abortion in Texas and, with the ensuing judicial challenge, won American women the right to safe, legal abortions. Ever since, proponents and opponents have lined up on either side of the issue, launching verbal abuse – and worse – at each other. Tony Kaye, best known for American History X, has been working on Lake of Fire for the past fifteen years; the result is a remarkable work that strives to portray – perhaps for the first time in a documentary – arguments, passions and deeply felt points of view of from both extremes of the spectrum as well as from those at the center, many of whom are convinced that the more the issue is explored, the more blurred is the line between “right” and “wrong.” With highly graphic images, Kaye endeavors to show abortion’s physical and psychological reality – to make clear what exactly is at stake. Lake of Fire is a brave, controversial film – perhaps even a monumental one. (152 min.)

An extraordinary achievement that compels audiences to reassess their own feelings about this contentious issue.” -Leslie Felperin, Variety