Most of us can agree that pregnancy isn’t a black or white situation. There’s a lot of gray area and when you add abortion to the conversation, public discourse can get intense, to say the least. Women choose abortion for a variety of reasons and regardless of what side of the fence you stand on, pro-life or pro-choice, the bigger picture isn’t about choosing sides, according to Nelly’s daughter, Chanelle Haynes, and Milan Zoe, producer and co-owner of Liform Film-N-Sound.
Haynes and Milan Zoe have launched a pro-think campaign with a short film that really sets the scene for a situation that many of us have gone through, will go through, or know of someone who has been through it. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage people to think critically about their actions and decisions as it relates to abortion and other social issues that affect so many of us.
For Liform Film-N-Sound owners, Milan Zoe and Andre Strong, the project hits home for both of them and is based on a true story. The short film follows a couple who finds out that they’re pregnant after three and half months and chooses to terminate the pregnancy. It tells the story from the man’s perspective, one that’s not often talked about in society.
“Anyone dealing with a pregnancy termination has made and is required to deal with a tough decision, but the couple in this story didn’t know they were pregnant until three and half months in, which makes the decision to go through with an abortion even harder, considering that it will require a 2-day surgery,” says Milan Zoe, who has also worked for Black Entertainment Television as a producer.
In the short film, the cameras follow the couple as they find out they’re pregnant and go through the turmoil of trying to decide on what to do together. In between the scenes, Milan Zoe and Haynes recite a heart-felt poem detailing the emotions that the couple is experiencing.
“In this moment, I have a choice. In every moment, we have a choice. But this moment is different. And I’m blessed with the gift of choice but with that comes the burden of having to actually make one. I have to choose between life or death for a part of me that if I kill … I might regret.”
The short film has garnered considerable attention on social media and Milan Zoe, Strong, and Haynes are now ready to take it to the film festivals.
“The film is completely done and we’ve shown that we have skin in the game, but we need help with getting it to the masses,” says Milan Zoe.
To get this help, they have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for Liform’s next project entitled “Young Bull,” which is about an eight-year-old boy who plans to defend himself against bullies at school and kill a monster at home.
To donate to support the two projects, visit the Indiegogo campaign here.
Written By: Chey Parker, Editor-in-Chief