Cynthia Lowen, USA 2022, 105’
Polish premiere
An Act of Worship Devil Put the Coal in the Ground

Battleground focuses on the struggle of anti-choice activists. Educated, intelligent, energetic women who decided to devote their time and private lives to banning abortion feature in this portrait of contemporary America that arouses angst.

Few political debates are as messy, personal, or unwieldy as the abortion debate that continues to roil America, and so it’s only fitting that said debate has now inspired a similarly messy, personal, and unwieldy new documentary. Cynthia Lowen’s “Battleground,” a film so timely that the filmmaking team presumably had to slap on a final series of title cards long after it was accepted into this year’s Tribeca Festival (and, given the freight-train-fast way things are moving, may even have to update the damn things during its festival run), attempts to cover many facets of the abortion debate, and while that’s admirable, it often comes up short on the way to better understanding.

‘Battleground’ Review: An Abortion Doc as Messy, Scary, and Upsetting as the Debate It Chronicles (

Jakub Demiańczuk

Cynthia Lowen

Cynthia Lowen is an American documentary film director, screenwriter and producer. She is a graduate of Colorado College, where she continues to lecture on film production. Her Bully, a documentary on school violence, earned an Emmy nomination. Cynthia is also an award-winning poet, the author of The Cloud That Contained the Lightning, inspired by the life of Robert Oppenheimer. 


2018 Netizens (doc.)

2022 Pole walki / Battleground (doc.) 

Cast & Crew

director Cynthia Lowen
screenplay Cynthia Lowen, Nancy Novack
cinematography Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Barbie Leung
editing Nancy Novack, Katharina Stroh
music Gil Talmi
producer Rebecca Stern, Cynthia Lowen
production Train of Thought Productions, Safe Space Pictures, Fifth Man Productions, The Harnisch Foundation
sales Cinetic Media
language English
coloration colour
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