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Margaret Sanger
A Public Nuisance
A film directed by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull
1992, 28 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99245
MARGARET SANGER: A PUBLIC NUISANCE highlights Sanger's pioneering strategies of using media and popular culture to advance the cause of birth control. It tells the story of her arrest and trial, using actuality films, vaudeville, courtroom sketches and re-enactments, video effects and Sanger's own words. This witty and inventive documentary looks at how Sanger effectively changed public discussion of birth control from issues of morality to issues of women's health and economic well-being. Executive producers of the program are Barbara Abrash, Esther Katz and Laurence Hegarty.

MARGARET SANGER was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


The Getty, Best Experimental Biography of the 90's

  • National Education Film and Video Festival
  • Columbus Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • Philadelphia Film and Video Festival
  • Berlin Videofest
  • World Wide Video Festival

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    "Spirited women's history presented with visual wit and charm."
    Alix Kates Shulman

    "Clever, funny, profound."
    Faye Ginsburg

    "A truly wonderful film...you captured my grandmother so very well and excitingly"
    Alexander Sanger
    President, Planned Parenthood

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