BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY - Manchester International Film Festival | AWARD OF MERIT - Impact Doc AwardsAbortion • Reproductive Rights • Healthcare
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 35 minutes | Language: English with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Jessica Sarah Flaum | Producers: Geneva Faye, Jessica Sarah Flaum, Kimberly Vela, & Johnny Hernandez
ABORTION: ADD TO CART is a documentary exploring self-managed abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol and the emergence of telehealth. This short film examines the marketplace circumventing regulations to provide abortion pills over the internet. The film features two storytellers, Alice and Ari, who share their self-managed abortion experiences. Alice self-managed her abortion through Aid Access, a Dutch organization. Conversely, Ari, a trans-masculine non-binary storyteller, recalls a self-managed abortion experience before these resources were available. The film spotlights various organizations such as Plan C and If/When/How, who support those looking to self-manage. Doctors weigh in on the abortion pill and FDA regulations that prevent it from becoming widely available. ABORTION: ADD TO CART also investigates the emergence of telehealth, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what the future of abortion looks like.