The Law (La Loi) by Christian Faure (France, 2015, 90 min.). French with English subtitles.
Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France is vividly brought to life in this taut fact-based political drama. In 1974, French health minister Veil is charged with decriminalizing abortion and easing access to contraceptives. Facing strong opposition from politicians, an enraged public, and the Catholic Church, Veil, who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and lost her parents in the Shoah, refuses to give up. Fighting for justice amidst a swirl of antisemitic sentiment, sexism, and personal attacks, she perseveres in advancing women’s rights. César Award-winning actress Emmanuelle Devos delivers a smoldering performance in the lead role.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Shula Reinharz & Dr. Lisa Fishbayn of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.