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Film Review: Vessel

The documentary film “Vessel”, screened by ROSA in December, is an inspiring account of the development of Women on Waves and Women on Web. It charts how a group of women led by Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, endeavoured to provide abortions to women who lived in states that banned or restricted abortions. They wished to create a space where the only permission a woman needed to continue with her pregnancy was her own.  The audacity, passion and bravery of the women stand out as they overcome one barrier after another to pursue this goal. They offered …

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Film Review: Pride

The film ‘Pride’ is set against the backdrop of the miners’ strike during the Thatcher era in the 1980’s. It is a light- hearted comedy that manages to give an uplifting sense of solidarity between the miners on strike and the LGBT community. The film opens with the ‘Solidarity Forever’ anthem and this message is echoed throughout the film. Despite the easy-going humour it doesn’t take away from the serious issues surrounding the miners’ struggle nor the attacks facing LGBT people at the time. It was directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford. The film …

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