SARANAC LAKE, NY—The Abortion Access Committee of Adirondack Voters for Change is proud to present a second screening of the prize-winning feature film “Happening” at BluSeed Studios, located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake on November 19 at 7 p.m. “Happening” is a hard-hitting French film that opened in the United States last Spring and earned the Golden Lion award for Best Picture at the prestigious Venice Film Festival last year. It is based on a true story and takes place in the early 1960s when both abortion and contraception were illegal in France and anyone who got an abortion (or helped anyone obtain an abortion) faced imprisonment.
The screenplay is based on the book Happening by Annie Ernaux who just received the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature for her body of work. The story of Anne is highly relevant now that the Supreme Court has struck down its own groundbreaking Roe v. Wade decision—one made nearly 50 years ago that guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion. A panel discussion will immediately follow the screening. The panel will consist of Dr. Eve Burns, Dr. James Pate, Katie Ramus of Planned Parenthood of the North Country, N.Y., and Ms. Shir Filler, local educator. Dr. Dorothy Federman will serve as moderator.
In French with English subtitles, “Happening,” which is not rated and contains adult content, is for mature audiences only. Masks will be optional. $10 requested donations will be used to help provide abortion access in restrictive states.
Photo at top: Original poster for “Happening,” a hard-hitting French film shown at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake on Aug. 2, 2022. A second screening of the film is set for November 19 at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. Photo provided by Frederick Balzac.