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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 5. April 3, 1952

film — We Want a Child


We Want a Child

Shortly to be screened in Wellington is one of the most entertaining and frank films of the year. The views of overseas church and medical authorities, who were loud in their praises, were endorsed by those similar local authorities who attended the preview of "We Want a Child." These views can be summed up by saying that every adult should see this film.

The film deals with the desire of a young couple for children. Unfortunately as a result of pre-marital abortion, the wife finds that it is unlikely that she will ever have a child. Eventually she finds that she is pregnant and she and her husband are overjoyed. At this point the film becomes factual, dealing with pre-natal care culminating in the actual birth of a child. The film begins with a marriage and ends with a birth. Side by side with the romance of the married couple is the romance of a girl with a married man. Inevitably he deserts her and leaves her to face the future as an unmarried mother.

The two stories show what misery can be caused by ignorance and misguided knowledge. The subjects of abortion, childbirth, etc., are dealt with frankly and sensitively and therefore should be seen by all those who hope some day, to have children of their own.

This film which was produced in Denmark received the Gold Medal at the Venice Film Festival of 1950, as Europe's most outstanding film of the year. Although in Danish the sub titles in English convey all the meaning. This film is a "must" for all students.