hush: the documentary

The Story

The beginnings of something revolutionary for women's health.

the story

“Hush” is the result of an unusual team looking honestly at a highly sensitive and controversial topic. To properly handle the subject matter has required more care than transporting nitroglycerin… but an explosion is inevitable.

Since the supreme court’s decision of Roe vs Wade legalized abortion in 1973, “pro-choice” people and “pro-life” people have been arch-enemies. Pure hatred for one another’s viewpoints has reigned even to the point of physical violence towards one another. So when “pro-choice” Director Punam Kumar Gill, “pro-life” Exec. Producer Drew Martin and “neutral” Producer Joses Martin began conversations about the subject of the health effects of abortion on women, we weren’t sure whether such a partnership would be possible.

But we believed that if we could overcome our differences and work together, the outcome would be powerful towards the breaking down of political boundaries. Together we determined to maintain one goal, and only one goal, in the making of this film: to find the truth for the sake of women’s health. To do this, we would have to maintain a posture of honour towards ALL women, forgoing our personal opinions of whether abortion is right or wrong, good or bad. We united for the greater good: to ensure that the best possible care is being given to women.

In “Pro-Life” circles, hearing about the negative effects of abortion is a common thing. Churches and Crisis Pregnancy Centres will tell you about the psychological trauma, potential for physical damage, and even breast cancer, that abortion may cause.

On the other hand, in “Pro-Choice” circles, and at abortion clinics it is commonly told that the procedure is much safer than childbirth, that the psychological effects are the same as if you deliver the child, and the breast cancer connection is a closed case.

One way or another, someone is lying to women.

the team

The highly unique team consists of:

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Punam Kumar Gill – a self-taught, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker.

In her debut film, THE LESSON, Punam turned her Dad’s life story into an award-winning documentary, earning critical acclaim and garnering numerous awards and official selections at film festivals throughout North America and India. The story centered on her father, a monk-like man from India making a difference in Edmonton. It became an immortalizing portrait and heirloom when her father passed away unexpectedly, shortly after the film was made.

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Punam has been a jury member for Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Calgary Foundation, and an AMPIA Board Member. She is a Chatelaine Magazine ‘Woman of the Year’ nominee. Punam is also the TV Host of 2 award-winning food and wine shows, and received a 2015 AMPIA nomination for ‘Best Television Host’. She has written, produced, and directed seven documentary films.

 

Mighty Motion Pictures – a film and television production house with an ongoing commitment to producing excellent film and television productions that are as meaningful as they are commercial, with subjects that are of great interest to audiences, that promote a strong sense of responsibility and character.

We believe that as content creators for television, film and the Internet, we are the greatest influencers of our culture, and as such we have a significant charge: to be responsible for the messages that we convey. So we challenge people with knowledge, information, inspiration and perspectives that cause people to think, to reflect, and to grow. We believe that lives will be enriched by our programs, and it is our desire to rise to the task by our work that is fuelled by our passion to produce truly valuable projects.

the challenge

What made the investigation consistently difficult is that the only people willing to speak to the subject came from extremes of the political spectrum. Any truly neutral scientists, doctors, psychologists and researchers who had looked at the subject chose to zip their mouths, ignored our calls, or deferred to others. So we determined we would have to hear everyone out, no matter their political leanings, with an open mind, and a healthy amount of skepticism.

We aren’t scientists. And we don’t claim to be. But the research involved in the making of this film was extensive. Our investigation lasted for a year, and took us all across the globe. Shooting took place in Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, California, Washington, Texas, London, England and Punjab, India.

What none of us knew going into the project, was how Punam’s health would be directly affected by the information found in the process.

All of these elements culminate in the ground-breaking film “Hush” which presents a completely fresh and liberating look at abortion with possibly the most comprehensive film ever done on the subject of women’s breast and reproductive health. One that we believe every woman should see.