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The Janes

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United States · 2022
1h 41m
Director Tia Lessin, Emma Pildes
Genre Documentary

In 1972, seven women were arrested for their involvement in "Jane", a secretive underground network that provided illegal abortions to thousands of women in the pre-Roe v. Wade era. The feminist activists behind the clandestine operation tell their story in this urgent and deeply relevant documentary.

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TheWrap by Elizabeth Weitzman

It’s a shame that Lessin and Pildes don’t tell us what these amazing women went on to do after the Collective ended. But they all remain, half a century later, passionate and eloquent and thoughtful and fierce.


IndieWire by Kate Erbland

Lessin, Pildes, and their many subjects eschew cheap emotion in favor of something much more intimate and, ultimately, more honest.


The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

Speaking with a number of the women who broke the law in the name of justice, and others who were involved in their underground network, The Janes directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes have made an urgent and thoroughly engaging group portrait.

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