The following came in an April 5 email from Kirk Kramer.
On Sunday the National Gallery of Art are showing Where Are My
Children?, an anti-abortion movie made in 1913.
The information below from their website gives the details.
Altho’ I am grieved, I am not surprised that they should be screening
a movie that defends contraception. But it is surprising that they
would resurrect a film critical of abortion – and plainly describe it
I wish someone would attend this movie and write about it.
Admission is free.
(FROM AN EMAIL TO A FRIEND:)
Here is the information about the film series at the Nat’l Gallery of Art.
This is the description of the program on Sunday, which will include
the anti-abortion movie I mentioned:
Ciné-Concert: Traffic in Souls
followed by Where Are My Children?
April 7 at 4:00
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
Andrew Simpson, piano
Traffic in Souls is an unusual silent feature based, in part, on a
Rockefeller Commission report about the prevalence of teenage
prostitution. After accepting a date with a “fine” young fellow, a
gullible candy store clerk is sold to a white slave ring (run by a
well known philanthropist). Shot in actual New York locations, the
film offers present-day viewers a rare window on the past. (George
Loane Tucker, 1913, 35 mm, silent, 88 minutes)
In Where Are My Children? an ardent prosecutor accuses a doctor of
performing illegal abortions, while remaining unaware of his own
wife’s secret life. By the end, the film becomes both a compelling
defense of birth control and a denunciation of abortion. Weber
herself, one of the most opinionated women in pre-sound Hollywood, was
an outspoken social reformer. (Lois Weber, 1916, 35 mm, silent, 62
(Note that another film will PRECEDE Where Are My Children.
However, if you or someone else wants to see Where Are My Children,
I suggest getting there before 5 pm. The gallery is sometimes locked
at that hour, and only people who are already in the auditorium are
allowed to remain in the building.
The auditorium is downstairs in the East Building, the modern wing –
not the original 1930s neo-classical structure.