Actress Lena Dunham released an animated short film Tuesday titled “100 Years,” promoting Planned Parenthood and its founder Margaret Sanger.
Dunham, who co-directed the film, said that it was made in honor of Planned Parenthood’s centennial anniversary, which took place in October of last year.
“We’ve been working on the film for over a year in an attempt to shed light on Planned Parenthood’s remarkable history and ongoing battle to keep serving the people who show up to their health centers every day of the year,” Dunham told the Hollywood Reporter. “I really think it’s the best cartoon about the history of reproductive freedom ever made, but it may also be the only cartoon about the history of reproductive freedom ever made.”
The video’s narrators include Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep.
In a statement provided to Entertainment Weekly, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards said: “We are so excited about 100 Years, which shows how Planned Parenthood has helped lead massive change in women’s health and empowered millions of people worldwide to make informed health decisions, transforming the way they live, love, learn and work.”
The video animates Sanger’s decision to open the birth control clinics that later became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
It acknowledges Sanger’s association with the eugenics philosophy with an “ugh,” but defends her by saying that eugenics was an “immensely popular social movement” at the time. Eugenics is the belief that human beings may be perfected by barring those deemed unfit or undesirable from having children.
The film praises Sanger as a “champion of progress” in spite of her “conflicting legacy.”
Twitter users weighed in on the animated film:
"Well I believed for my entire life that abortion was murder……. until a cartoon narrated by Lena Dunham convinced me otherwise"
— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) January 17, 2017
Fun! The Eugenics chapter is going to be amazing! https://t.co/d5MmKrKe1M
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 17, 2017
The Forceps Awaken https://t.co/eKIVcKA1rY
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) January 17, 2017
You'd think after Miss Sloane flopped at the box office, they'd have taken the hint. Apparently not. https://t.co/pjxNiIkaoa
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) January 17, 2017
I see the world is already testing me this week https://t.co/4lsSSg45S1
— Priya Krishnakumar (@priyakkumar) January 17, 2017
Sanger’s life will soon be featured in a full-length Hollywood film.