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Some Things Are Hard to Talk About

Stefanie BROCKHAUS

  • Germany
  • 2017
  • Asian Premiere
  • 76min
  • DCP
  • color
  • Documentary

Some Things Are Hard to Talk About is a personal documentary about the secrets of abortions in the protagonist’s family over three generations. Having had an abortion 10 years ago, the protagonist is pregnant again, in the midst of a crisis in her relationship and once again faces the same questions from years ago.

“Should I have the baby?” “Can I handle it?”

Then she hears the untold stories of her mother and grandmother, stories that numerous women have experienced but cannot talk about easily. These stories are about abortions but are not just about them, as these experiences with abortion include their own lives and the times that they lived through.

The protagonist’s mother says, “Every woman who has had an abortion has her own story.”

In this “Pro-life or Pro-choice” dichotomy, the choice on abortion is overly simplified; however, this decision shouldn’t be made on the basis of whether one should or should not give birth. The protagonist’s introspection and insight into her mother and grandmother’s lives through their stories and thoughts on abortion is incredibly invaluable. [Na Young]

 

schedule

Code Theater Time Event Rate/Sub
014 We make UMFF Cinema 2018-06-01  10:00     
165 We make UMFF Cinema 2018-06-07  15:00     

Director

  • Stefanie BROCKHAUSStefanie BROCKHAUS

    Stefanie BROCKHAUS is an independent filmmaker born in Munich, Germany. In 2002 she graduated from London University of the Arts with a BA in Film Directing. She further studied at the Munich University of Television and Film (HFF), where she specialized in Documentary Directing. BROCKHAUS has released several feature documentaries as producer and director which have been screened at international film festivals worldwide and have won numerous awards. Stefanie has lived in London, Los Angeles, Cape Town and Munich, and is currently based in Marseille.

Credit

  • ProducerStefanie BROCKHAUS
  • Cinematography Stefanie BROCKHAUS
  • Editor Ulrike TORTORA
  • Music Sebastian ZENKE
  • Sound Jörg ELSNER