issued Decree 770, in which he forbade abortion for all women unless
they were over forty or were already taking care of four children. All
forms of contraception were totally banned. The New Romanian Man was
born. By 1969, the country had a million babies more than the previous
average. Thousands of kindergartens were built overnight. Children had
to participate in sports and cultural activities.
Romanian society was
rapidly changing. By using very interesting archival footage and
excerpts from old fiction films and by interviewing famous personalities
from that time – gynaecologists or mothers who were part of the new
society – the director revives this period of tremendous oppression of
personal freedom. Many deaths were caused by the mere fact that women,
including wives of secret Romanian agents, famous TV presenters and
actresses, had to undergo illegal abortions. Many women were jailed for
having them. Some died by using awkward abortion methods, like injecting
mustard or lemon juice into the uterus. Sex life was no fun anymore.
But still, Romania had a demographic boom and hosted a world conference
on population in 1974.
From 24th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. This site streams the movie in English.
You can watch a trailer of the movie here, and the introduction here.