CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

On the Divide

Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish
Run Time: 79 minutes

On the Divide
On the Divide
On the Divide
On the Divide
On the Divide

The Whole Women’s Health Clinic in McAllen, Texas is the only remaining facility that provides abortions along the U.S./Mexico border. Just down the street, the Women’s Health Clinic (purposely named to create confusion) boasts free pregnancy tests and sonograms, encouraging women to carry their pregnancies to term, no matter the circumstance. The urgent documentary ON THE DIVIDE follows three Latinx people who are deeply entrenched in opposite sides of the abortion debate in McAllen: Mercedes, a young mother who considers herself ‘saved’ by the pro-life movement; Denisse, a pro-choice activist and volunteer for the Whole Women’s Health Clinic; and Rey, the abortion clinic’s security guard, who comes face-to-face with angry protesters every day as they threaten his livelihood and even his life. As their lives become more complicated, each of these subjects is forced to confront the challenges of their beliefs. Using McAllen’s unique cultural blend as a backdrop, this documentary can be viewed as a microcosm for the national debate over a woman’s right to choose. When both sides firmly believe they are on the right side of a life or death argument, there’s no backing down. —G.S.

CIFF46 Screenings

Westfield Studio Theatre

Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 4:55 PM

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 11:55 AM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Latinx & Hispanic Cinema
Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


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