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 the choice

sunday, September 29, 2019 at 2:15pm

Program #19

"The Choice" is a powerful, thought-provoking short film that looks at abortion, a procedure that one in four women will have at least once over a lifetime. In this dramatic work of fiction, women speak collectively about their circumstances, their abortions, and the aftermath. The surprising array of emotions—ranging from regret to liberation—makes possible a new conversation about a procedure now mired in politics, shame and stigma. Watch "The Choice," and you'll never think about abortion the same way again.

Meet the filmmakers

WRITER - Desiree Cooper

DIRECTOR - Desiree Cooper, creative director, Oren Goldenberg, video collaborator

PRODUCER - Desiree Cooper





Desiree Cooper, creative director, Oren Goldenberg, video collaborator

"The Choice" is Desiree Cooper's first film. Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow in Literature, a former attorney and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother (Wayne State University Press, 2016), is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book that has won numerous awards, including a 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, Hypertext Review, and Best African American Fiction 2010, among other online and print publications. A genre agnostic, Cooper translated one of her short fictions from print to video in 2018. The result, “The Choice,” is a short film about reproductive rights. The same year, she collaborated with the Director of Dance at The College William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, to create a dance inspired by the feminist themes of her short fiction. The performance called “Aloft” debuted in October, 2018. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, the pre-eminent national residency for emerging black poets, and has received residencies at Kimbilio and Ragdale. 

Cooper collaborated with Kresge Artist Fellow Oren Goldenberg in the making of "The Choice." Goldenberg is a director/producer and video artist living and working in the Cass Corridor of Detroit. His projects have included but are not limited to: "Art as Ritual," an ongoing video, performance and technology series concerning spatial change and coping rituals; "Our School," the feature documentary on Detroit's public schools; "Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother" about America's first public housing project; the feature film "The Bicyclist"; and the satirical web-series "Detroit (Blank) City." He has accompanied "Bilal’s Stand" to Sundance (2010) as it’s editor, and was the Director of Photography and producer of Mike Kelley's "Mobilehomestead" film series. Goldenberg is a 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow, a 2009 University of Michigan Roman J. Witt Visiting Artist, Ann Arbor Film Festival's 2006 Best Michigan Filmmaker, and Real Detroit's 2011 Best Detroit Filmmaker.