Late-term abortions are emotive subject of Berlin festival film

Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:25pm EST
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By Swantje Stein

BERLIN (Reuters) - - The director of the film "24 Wochen" (24 Weeks) about the challenges faced by a couple whose unborn child is diagnosed as having Down syndrome late in the pregnancy says she speaks from firsthand knowledge of how difficult abortions can be.

Anne Zohra Berrached, whose film is in competition for the main prize at the Berlin Film Festival, said an abortion she had several years ago has affected her ever since.

"I had an abortion myself before the third month of pregnancy and I have to deal with that up to this day," she told Reuters in an interview.

"I know how old the child would be now, the birth date it would have had and therefore it was obvious to me that I can take this issue with me for three or four years.


Actors Bjarne Maedel, Julia Jentsch, author and director Anne Zohra Berrached, actresses Johanna Gastdorf (L-R) and Emilia Pieske (front) pose during a photocall to promote the movie 24 Wochen (24 weeks) at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Stefanie Loos