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Movie Natters: October 29, 2007 Archive

Controversial "Lake of Fire" coming to the Bell

Posted at 12:10 PM on October 29, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Minnesota Film Arts will screen what may be one of the most controversial films of the year at the Bell Museum starting November 9th. "Lake of Fire" is an exploration of the abortion debate in the US by British film maker Tony Kaye.

In a recent interview with the Guardian newspaper Kaye describes himself as being pro-choice in that he would vote for a woman's right to choose in an instant. However he is also deeply disturbed by the process and is emotionally completely opposed to abortion. "I see it as murder," he says, "The taking of another's life."

The film contains graphic footage from an abortion, as well as interviews with people on both side of the debate, including Dr Bayard Britton a doctor who wore a bullet proof vest to work at the clinic where be performed abortions. He also interviewed anti-abortion activist Paul Hill who was later executed for murdering Britton and one of his colleagues.

Kaye is best known here as the director of "American History X" in 1998, which earned Edward Norton an Oscar nomination for his portrayal as a neo-Nazi skinhead.

Expect to hear more about "Lake of Fire."

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