France allows school screenings of abortion film

25th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 25, 2007 (AFP) - A Romanian film about back-street abortions that swept the top award at the Cannes film festival is to be shown in French high schools after the government dropped opposition to the plans on Wednesday.

PARIS, July 25, 2007 (AFP) - A Romanian film about back-street abortions that swept the top award at the Cannes film festival is to be shown in French high schools after the government dropped opposition to the plans on Wednesday.

Cristian Mungiu's devastating "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days", about two women sharing the drama of a back-alley abortion and the daily despair of life under communism, won the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival in May.

Three weeks ago, the government advised against plans to show the film in classrooms, arguing it was too "hard" for a school-aged public, but backtracked after the national film classification board declared it suitable for all ages.

The film is due to be burned onto 1,500 DVDs and circulated in schools for educational purposes -- although a parents association said in practice it would probably be not be shown to children younger than 12.

Human rights and family planning groups and a filmmakers' association had accused the government of caving in to pressure from anti-abortion activists.

Before winning the Palme d'Or, Mungiu's film had also been awarded the French education ministry's annual prize.

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