Hot Docs 2013: After Tiller (2013)

Posted by Sam Cooper April 20, 2013 0 Comment 7883 views

After Tiller explores one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States- being a doctor who performs abortions. Controversy surrounding abortion clinics is nothing new, as we’ve all seen news pieces focused on lengthy community protests or, more devastatingly, the destruction of said clinics. Dr. George Tiller was at the heart of all this until his assassination in 2009. Now his legacy is carried on by four of his closest colleagues in the field, each operating at different facilities around the country. We see the trials and tribulations these doctors face on a daily basis, whether it’s dealing with obnoxious protesters hovering the sidewalks out front or having to tell a patient they can’t perform a procedure for them since they don’t meet the state’s guidelines. It’s a thoughtful, enticing and highly emotional documentary that explores a profession that major news’ outlets don’t let us see.

And it works. There’s no voice over narrator hammering a message into your head on how you should feel about this subject matter. Abortion is an ongoing controversy that spans decades; by now you’ve probably decided how you feel about it. Rarely do we have insight on what it’s like to actually perform these procedures. These doctors believe they are doing the right thing, but at what cost? Harrowing at times, After Tiller may not change your mind about abortion, but it will certainly make you think. It’s worth waiting in line to see.

UPDATE: After Tiller is screening at The Berkshire International Film Festival on May 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Screening Times for After Tiller

Wed, May 1 9:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

Thu, May 2 3:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

Sun, May 5 2:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

Gallery of Images from After Tiller

Watch a Scene from After Tiller


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