“Birth Story”: Additional Screening @ LAFF
Thursday, June 21st, 2012 by Wes
By popular demand the documentary Birth Story will have an additional screening at Los Angeles Film Festival!
The documentary Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin And The Farm Midwives tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May as their leader, the women taught themselves midwifery from the ground up, and, with their families, founded an entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. They grew their own food, built their own houses, published their own books, and, as word of their social experiment spread, created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation’s approach to childbirth.
Forty years ago Ina May Gaskin led the charge away from isolated hospital birthing rooms, where husbands were not allowed and mandatory forceps deliveries were the norm. Today, as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, she fights to preserve her community’s hard-won knowledge. With incredible access to the midwives’ archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic–from its heyday into the present–but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it–unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.
BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN AND THE FARM MIDWIVES was directed by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore and produced by Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore, Kate Roughan and Zachary Mortensen. The film features interviews with Ina May Gaskin, Stephen Gaskin, Pamela Hunt, and Farm Midwives past and present. The film has a running time of 95 minutes and is not yet rated by the MPAA.
BIRTH STORY will screen as part of the Documentary Competition of LAFF:
Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. – Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 10
Saturday, June 23 at 7:20 p.m. – Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 10 - Added By Popular Demand