Although it will only be in theaters for two days, Tracy Robinson, the film’s director, said that if enough tickets are sold, the screening of the film could be extended.
A new pro-life film that explores the case of life and the repercussions of abortion premieres May 16-17 in select theaters in the United States.
“We stand at a critical moment in history where the legality of abortion is being challenged in the highest courts,” the documentary’s description reads. “More than ever, it’s important for everyone to know where they stand on abortion and why.”
The film, The matter of lifeuses the distributor Fathom Events, the same distributor for The chosen Christmas special and the film Eucharist, ALIVE: Who’s there? Christian distributor Revelation Media also joined in the distribution and marketing of the film.
The over 750 theater locations and movie times can be found on the Fathom Events website. Although it will only be in theaters for two days, Tracy Robinson, the film’s director, told CNA that if enough tickets are sold, the screening of the film may be extended.
However, if the screening of the film is not extended, individuals can still view it by registering on this website to screen the film in their schools or churches for just 30 days after the film is shown in theaters. Licensing, streaming and DVD will be available at a later date which is still to be determined. You can watch the movie trailer below.
The documentary “forces us to understand the pro-life case and form our own individual beliefs based on more than what is said in the media,” the film’s description reads.
According to the producers, the film also includes expert testimony as viewers “learn about the history, philosophy, morality and impact of abortion.” The film includes powerful testimonies from women and former abortion facility workers, “historians, religious workers, pro-life atheists,” and others are also included, the description says.
Speakers featured in the film include: Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist and OBGYN; Stephanie Gray Conners, pro-life speaker; Romona Treviño, former director of Planned Parenthood; Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life; Diane Ferraro, CEO of Save the Storks; Catherine Glenn Foster, President and CEO of Americans United For Life; Angela Franks, professor of theology at St. John’s Seminary in Boston; Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, CEO of New Wave Feminists; Scott Klusendorf, president of the Life Training Institute, and many others.
“The matter of life insists on entering this conversation with understanding, love and support,” the description reads. “This is essential to save the lives of unborn children and to care for the women who carry them.”
The film, which had a budget of $200,000, was directed by Robinson, a 34-year-old woman who was once a “pro-choice Christian,” the film’s website says.
Robinson, who has a background in video production for documentaries, told EWTN Pro-Life Weekly’s Prudence Robertson in a May 14 interview that she made videos for pregnancy resource centers in 2016 but that she “was in the middle of the dough” on the topic of abortion. She worked at the center because she appreciated the work it did for women, Robinson said. You can watch the full interview below.
Robinson, from San Diego, said her friends at the clinic invited her to an abortion-themed presentation at a church in 2016. The topic of the presentation was the fight against abortion, he said. she declared.
“In less than two hours, the message just clarified for me the true humanity of the unborn, from the moment of conception and the whole reality of what abortion does really hit me,” said said Robinson.
She continued, “And I immediately felt compelled to do a documentary because I knew there were so many people in my place – young adults, who had never heard the message clearly before.”
Robinson said she was motivated to research more about how society came to broadly accept abortion while learning about “the incredible multi-faceted pro-life movement and so I wanted to take other people into this journey with me.
Robinson told Robertson the film would eventually come to streaming and DVD, but she didn’t say when.