These Two Films Touch the Sweet Spots

“Where Do We Go Now?” and “Polisse” are in a top-notch category that could land them in the year’s top-10 lists. On another level comes an array of movies that offer an eclectic, sometimes toxic, take on motherhood.

Lives Cut Short: Trafficking from Mexico to New York

NEW YORK–"In Mexico, many girls do not have to play at being prostitutes. They are forced by organized crime into prostitution", says Silvia Calderon, with a firm voice.
The dogs barking and women whispering do not distract Silvia. The Mexican mother tells her story via cell phone from a street in Mexico City.
"The injustices are already part of everyday life in this country," she states with anger.

Hyde Amendment Woke Up the Activist in Me

Passage of the Hyde Amendment was Merle Hoffman’s political wakeup call. In this excerpt from her upcoming book, “Intimate Wars,” she looks at how the amendment widened the gap between rich and poor women, further fueling abortion politics.