INTERVIEW WITH KRISTINA HINZ
“It is the lack of engagement of the State that endangers women’s life”
In March of this year, the Guttmacher Institute has reported that the number of abortions produced in countries where it is legal is similar to the countries where abortion is restricted by law. The difference is about the possibility to have access to a safe abortion or not. The same report shows that during the period 2010-2014, 55 million abortions were produced per year worldwide, 46% of them were unsafe and mostly located in developing countries. This number is associated with the highly restricted laws on abortion that 125 countries in the world have. Brazil, like other countries in Latin America, is one of them. In a conversation with Kristina Hinz, a researcher at the Center for Studies on Contemporary Inequalities and Gender Relations (NUDERG) of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), we talk about the consequences of that...
What does SHOVE represent to you?
Shove is a movement film that shows the reality of what many women in Latin America and across the world have to go through. I didn't want to make the film too literal but rather insinuate the issue. I wanted it to feel real and grotesque and shocking. This issue is not pretty so why should we make a pretty film? I know that people might find it too much – the nudity, the blood, the pain – but this is exactly why I got into filmmaking – to shock, to provoke and to talk. I come from a documentary film background so making fiction for fiction’s sake didn't feel right to me. If I have a platform, a voice and a message, I want to create something that people could be informed by, feel breathless and learn something from and hopefully spread the message and create awareness.
ESTEFI SPARK TALKS
“The politician has to act as a free man [...]. For example, society must be modified to make more justice and more happiness possible. To act politically means to start something entirely different or to generate a new social order. The well-known argument that there is no alternative means no more than the end of politics."
Byung Chul Han
Abortion has been a social reality for a long time, longer than we imagined. Letting the poor die is a political decision and it transforms reality into a problem. Hence the question: legal or clandestine? The poor die, the rich hide it, but everyone does it. The state must provide solutions that move us forwards. It must regulate what happens on the streets and consider every individual as a member of their club. The responsibility lies with those who have the power to change things. Legal abortion, safe and free. Sex education and contraceptives that everyone can access. A responsible state that represents free people.