Filmmaker Juan Solanas declares himself an atheist. But he says that if God did exist, he would wear a green handkerchief, the emblem of Argentina’s pro-abortion movement and subject of his documentary that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday.
Solanas, 52, says the film was shot on the spur-of-the-moment when he became inspired by television reports of massive women’s pro-abortion protests in Argentina.
He grabbed his camera and took to the streets of the capital to get amongst them, “fascinated by so much talent, life and creativity in the Green Movement.”
Months of protests to decriminalise abortion in Pope Francis’ homeland culminated in a make-or-break Senate vote on a cold, wet night last August.
“My mother and father were militants all their lives, they were going to kill him,” said Solanas.
Now aged 83, the elder Solanas made an impassioned speech in favor of decriminalising abortion on the night of the vote.
In Argentina abortion is only allowed in case of rape, a threat to the mother’s life or if the foetus is deemed non-viable. Various charities estimate that hundreds of thousands of illegal, secret abortions are carried out every year in Argentina, resulting in around 100 deaths.