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Lucia, Before and After By Anu Valia

"Lucia, Before and After" explores the limitations to abortion access still faced by Texas women.

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If the new Republican administration's plan to severely curtail reproductive rights scares you, Anu Valia's poignant Shatterbox Anthology film "Lucia, Before and After" is the inspiration you need to get ready to fight back. A portrait of the struggles American women still face to exercise their right to choose, "Lucia, Before and After" spotlights Texas' arcane abortion regulations, like 24-hour waiting periods, few accessible clinics, especially for rural communities, and mandatory, degrading pre-procedure ultrasounds.
Lucia, a young woman with limited financial resources, isn't apologetic about her desire for an abortion. Traveling 200 miles to the nearest clinic, she's one of Texas' many women who endure the enormous inconvenience that impinges on their efforts to take charge of their own bodies. Valia's austere landscape, peppered with dilapidated motels and dimly-lit bars, epitomizes the strange limbo in which this constitutionally-enshrined right still lives, 44 years after Roe v. Wade. Yet, as Congress conspires to defund Planned Parenthood and confirm Supreme Court Justices hostile to abortion access, the right to choose may only become more precarious for Americans, particularly those living in poverty or far from cities.
In honor of Roe v. Wade's anniversary, Shatterbox Anthology is proud to present Valia's unflinching look at the bleak realities of the fight for choice here in the United States. Watch the film above.

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In 2017, only 8% of top 100 films were directed by women. Refinery29 is dedicated to change that. Shatterbox is an award-winning short-film series dedicated to spotlighting the voices of female filmmakers, and providing emerging and established talent the support and opportunity to realize their vision and reach new audiences through storytelling. Born as a rallying cry to counteract staggering industry statistics, the series champions gender parity storytelling in Hollywood, both on and off the screen.

Lucia Before And After Sundance 2017 Movie TrailerReleased on January 18, 2017
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In 2017, only 8% of top 100 films were directed by women. Refinery29 is dedicated to change that. Shatterbox is an award-winning short-film series dedicated to spotlighting the voices of female filmmakers, and providing emerging and established talent the support and opportunity to realize their vision and reach new audiences through storytelling. Born as a rallying cry to counteract staggering industry statistics, the series champions gender parity storytelling in Hollywood, both on and off the screen.

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