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(Martha Shane, Lana Wilson, USA). 88 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN In this ex­cel­lent, eye- open­ing film, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson track how doc­tors work­ing in three U. S. clin­ics that per­form third-trimester abor­tions face their de­ci­sions, the hys­ter­i­cal op­po­si­tion to their trade and the threats against their lives.

The direc­tors don’t shy away from the eth­i­cal dilem­mas. In one se­quence, New Mex­ico’s Susan Robin­son says no to a woman plead­ing for the pro­ce­dure. In another, Shel­ley Sella laments her task in end­ing what she ad­mits is a life.

The ti­tle of the film refers to George Tiller, a physi­cian as­sas­si­nated by anti- choice fa­nat­ics. The doc­tors de­picted here are de­ter­mined to con­tinue his work, but the essence of this pic isn’t their brav­ery but their pro­found com­pas­sion. SGC May 1, 9 pm, Is­abel Bader The­atre; May 2, 3 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 1; May 5, 2 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 1.

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