Hi All,


I am writing from Women Make Movies, the leading nonprofit distributor of films by and about women. I thought the members of this listserv would be interested in our latest 2014 release, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES, a captivating educational resource that Kristen Ghodsee, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College calls "a provocative exploration of societal ideals around successful childbearing and how women have been historically manipulated to accept that there is only ever one correct way to have a baby. The visually stunning footage curated from a century's worth of birthing movements will inspire impassioned discussion and debates about the changing political and social economy of motherhood. An excellent teaching tool."


I'm including some additional info on THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and thanks as always for supporting independent women filmmakers!



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Archival montage, science fiction and an homage to 1970s feminist filmmaking are woven together to form this haunting and lyrical essay film excavating hidden histories of childbirth in the twentieth century. After several years of buying films online and working in historical archives, award-winning filmmaker Irene Lusztig amassed an unusual and fascinating collection of found footage aimed at teaching women how to be pregnant, give birth, and look after babies, along with training films for obstetricians and health care professionals, and a handful of home movies. Assembling her extraordinary trove from over 100 different sources, including newly rediscovered Soviet and French childbirth material tracing the evolution of Lamaze, The Motherhood Archives inventively untangles the complex, sometimes surprising genealogies of maternal education. This extraordinary achievement illuminates our changing narratives of maternal success and failure while raising important questions about our social and historical constructions of motherhood.


DVD includes bonus video and teaching modules!


A film by Irene Lusztig

USA, 2013, 91 minutes, Color, DVD


Institutional Price: $395.00

DVD Rental Price: $150.00

K-12, Public Libraries, Community Groups: $89.00


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All orders must be accompanied by an institutional purchase order or Prepayment. Payment may be made by institutional check, money order, or Visa and MasterCard.


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