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GIVE LIGHT is a feature-length documentary that shares the oral histories of indigenous midwives in the face of a modern medical industry.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

In Give Light: Stories from Indigenous Midwives, hear indigenous midwives discuss a time when birth was a natural event and they assisted women to bring the light of a child into this world.

This documentary film records these unique stories and explores how childbirth has been transformed into a medical event that suppresses women's greatest potential - creation, to ~ Give Light.

Discover the practical use of herbs and the methods of indigenous midwives in communities where birth is still considered a natural process. Meet indigenous midwives from the Himbas tribe in Namibia, Africa; the Yawalapitias of Brazil; the Kogis of Colombia; the Andeans of Peru and elsewhere. Travel to developed countries and the United States to explore what indigenous midwives did before modern medicine denounced them and their practice.

Learn how today, many midwives fear persecution and risk having their practices outlawed; while the medical industry refuses to acknowledge their specific skills and knowledge. This same industry has taken great measures to prevent women from using their midwifery vocation to generate income - while creating a global cesarean epidemic.

New Prize Rewards:  Kelly Love Jones Signed CD and Art in Action Josh Jones Original Painting of the Midwives

Kelly Love Jones signed CD
Kelly Love Jones signed CD

Original Painting - Give Light Indigenous Midwives by Josh Jones

Give Light Midwives Original Painting by Josh Jones
Give Light Midwives Original Painting by Josh Jones

PROJECTS GOAL

Give Light: Stories from Indigenous Midwives seeks to inspire, entertain, and spark dialogue and action regarding the future of maternity health and the role of midwives in contemporary society. Through an energetic outreach campaign, this film has the potential to educate women and medical professionals around the world - and in areas where even more restrictive legislation is proposed that would impact midwives' rights.

This film can help to reignite the debate about the epidemic of cesarean births, as new statistic show that more than a third of the women giving birth in the United States today are having cesarean sections, many unnecessary.

That’s why we’re asking for YOU to help complete this film — and to  stimulate the national conversation about the future of maternity health in the United States and beyond.  Join us and let us together bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern technology.

CONCEPTION:  In 2009, Steph met Dona Enriqueta Contreras a midwife from Mexico at the Ninth International Herbal Symposium outside of Boston, and was fascinated with Dona's depth of knowledge and unique perspective.

In 2010, she first began filming midwives in Namibia, South Africa, and the following year to Colombia and Brazil to gather more footage.  After traveling to Spain, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru, she created a trailer and rough cuts.

Most recently, Steph has had the privilege of filming Medical/Cultural Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD., author of “Birth as American Rite of Passage.”  Ms. Davis-Floyd, PhD. will provide anthropological narration for the film as well as historical context.

GESTATION: With YOUR support,  Steph will help preserve more sacred knowledge by filming in Belize, in indigenous communities of the United States,  and talk with midwives who are linking their modern practices with ancient wisdom.

She will build a post-production team of editors, narrators, attorneys, and social media experts to secure the tools and resources necessary to turn this project from a 69 minute rough cut to a full-length documentary. 

TERM: This project, over five years in the making, will be released by October 2015 thanks to you and your incredible support!

New Backer Prize! - Signed copy of Rosita Arvigo's book Journeys in Healing, a touching resource on the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy
New Backer Prize! - Signed copy of Rosita Arvigo's book Journeys in Healing, a touching resource on the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy

Let us finish this long journey together and support young mothers to know all their maternity care options.

Example of Himba hand carved braclets offered for Rewards # 13
Example of Himba hand carved braclets offered for Rewards # 13

WHAT IS NEEDED

This Kickstarter campaign will cover the costs of post-production and distribution. We need to hire an experienced, highly qualified narrator, as well as finish editors, sound editors, colorists, and other technical services.  

We’ve already shot rare, engaging footage that honors the skills and practices of midwives from several global communities. Your support will give this film the power to share their stories and, inevitable, incite a dialog around maternity health care.

   HOW THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT -The Post Production costs :

  • Finish Editors ~ 3,500
  • Sound Editors ~ 2,500
  • Color Grading ~ 2,500
  • Special FX ~ 1,500 

PROJECT TIMELINE:

~ End Principal Photography: March 2015                                                       ~ Post-Production and Distribution/Outreach: August 2015                           ~ Release: October 2015

STRETCH GOALS

If we surpass our Kickstarter goal:

$15,000-$20,000 – Hire professional celebrity narrator,                                     $35,000 – pay our producing staff involved in our current production phase $45,000 – pay for critical archival film, photo and music rights, as well as a soundtrack

Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Give Light: Stories from Indigenous Midwives is a fiscally sponsored project of Video Veracity, a 501(c)3 charitable organization (FEIN 72-1246350). We'll make sure you get a receipt for your tax deduction. Questions? Write to us: EmpowerMidwives@gmail.com.

Holiday Cards to Spread the Light
Holiday Cards to Spread the Light

HOW TO HELP

We’re asking for your support now so that we can move quickly into post-production this spring and remain on track for a release date in 2015. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the project, consider organizing a fundraising party for your organization or community. We will provide a short version of the film in exchange for a commitment that you will raise a certain amount of funds. If there are other ways you like to support this project please let us know by emailing EmpowerMidwives@gmail.com

Other Ways to Support: Prefer to send a check? Let us or kickstarter know.


SPREAD THE WORD ~ KEEP IN TOUCH

In addition to your contributions, we need help reaching as many people as possible during our campaign. Please, tell your friends, co-workers, congregation members, and others interested in progressing maternity health care.  Please visit our website to sign up for our mailing list, and invite your friends to sign up too!  We’ll keep you in touch with important updates, new short videos and photos from our travels, alerts for when we’ll be filming in your area, and important information on where you can see the finished film.   We’ll also be posting news and footage on social media, so “like” and “follow” the links below to share in these experiences.

We want to have a two-way conversation, so please send us your own comments about what we’re doing, and/or suggest library stories that may not yet be on our radar.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Thank you again for the support – and we look forward to working together to reach this goal!

Risks and challenges

HOW IT WORKS

Kickstarter is all or nothing. We must reach our goal of $10,000 in 31 days we will not receive any of the pledged donations, and will not be able to continue with post production. ~ midnight on December 12, 2014 ~.

Your credit card will not be charged unless we reach or exceed our goal.

If you have concerns with donating through kickstarter, please email us
at EmpowerMidwives@gmail.com to figure out an alternative payment method. Our 501(c)3 fiscal agent is Video Veracity.

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    In addition to a thank you on Facebook, we will send you Hi Definition Postcard Give Light : Stories from Indigenous Midwives as seen in the video! We send you all of our love and very much appreciate your support!

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    Get the movie BEFORE it goes public! If you pledge $25, we will send you a Digital delivery of the completed Give Light : Stories from Indigenous Midwives documentary before its anticipated release date. You will be one of the first to see this wonderful documentary! PLUS one lovely digital downloadable "Give Light : Stories from Indigenous Midwives" postcard to keep or share with friends. We will thank you on Facebook and send you all of our love! As well as updates on the film’s progress.

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    Signed copy of Rosita Arvigo's book Journeys in Healing, a touching resource on the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. Rosita Arvigo is one of the leading experts on herbal remedies and we are looking forward to interviewing her in Belize! PLUS thank you on facebook, stills from set, digital download of film

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    For your generous donation, I will send you hand carved bracelets from the semi-nomadic Himbas from Namibia, South Africa. You will also receive free passes to all festival screenings and events. Thank you for making the magic happen! PLUS digital download of film, thank you on facebook, stills, poster, bumper sticker, postcard timely updates.

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    Receive a gift of Give Light digitally printed hat, plus season greeting cards as seen in the story section with your name printed on the cards. You will also receive free passes to all festival screenings and events. Thank you for making the magic happen! PLUS digital download of film, thank you on facebook, stills, poster, bumper sticker, postcard timely updates.

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