Access Denied

(video review from ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries)

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Access Denied

  • Rating: *
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Home use: $225.00
  • Date: Copyright 1991. Released 1992.
  • Descriptors: Abortion. Pro-choice movement. Women - Civil rights.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Julie Clark, Dolly Meieran. Color. 28 min.
  • Production Company: ReproVision
  • Available from: Women Make Movies 462 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013 (212)925-0606
  • Cataloging: 363.46 Abortion - Moral and ethical aspects ||Women's rights||Pro-choice movement
  • Print Entry #: 4:442
  • Reviewer: Pat Turnbull

    Access Denied is a 28-minute-long editorial in strong support of freedom of choice in reproductive rights for women. Its tone is clearly one-sided and adversarial toward such groups as Operation Rescue that picket and harass women as they enter clinics - whether their reason for going to the clinic is for an abortion or not. Although the idea of maintaining freedom of choice in reproduction is one that needs presentation for a teenaged or older audience, this video is not adequate to meet that need.

    There is no discernible structure to the video, which features short excerpts from several individuals who appear several times, occasionally identified, but usually not. This is interspersed with short snippets of news anchors reporting the headlines of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Webster v. Missouri case in 1991 and other recent pro-life court decisions. Also intermingled are short clips of the historical "happy family" of the 1950s with new baby, mother doing housework, and father going off to work. Had the subject matter been more completely captioned and designed with clear transitions, it would have been far more effective.

    However, as produced and edited, this video is an emotional and often strident presentation with very biased content. The technical quality is very uneven. Since many of the interviews take place outside in a variety of places, audio quality is uneven; the viewer in a few cases needs to adjust the volume in order to hear what is being said. In addition, the photography has the feel of a home movie as cameras sometimes show only a portion of the person talking, and at other times seem to be waving around to show a crowd. It is hard to imagine many libraries spending the $225 price for this title.

    Not recommended for purchase by libraries.

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