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Emily GrahamBy Emily Graham
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Emily GrahamBy Emily Graham
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$2,129
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, January 5 2019 4:44 PM UTC +00:00.

About

THESE ARE MY HOURS is an intimate documentary immersion into one woman’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual experience of giving birth. Featuring poetic voiceover from the birthing mother and real-time labor sounds, rather than commentary by a panel of experts, it is film’s first glimpse into the personal narrative of the heroine’s universal journey.

This film is a raw, unbridled, explosive display of female intensity. It is body-positive, body-centric, and autonomous. The prevalent belief in modern society is that women cannot give birth on their own; that they are not mentally, psychologically, or physically strong enough. The time has come to deconstruct this story.

HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP

Our immediate costs include subtitling in several languages and closed-captioning in English for the hearing impaired, DVD production and art, feminist film festival submissions, and a comprehensive marketing plan that includes educational outreach from middle school health class (can we FINALLY replace the old "Miracle of Life"?!) to midwifery and medical schools. (We'll have to edit out some F-Bombs for the younger crowd...) We will also use these funds to create an supplemental educational guide to childbirth for educational settings, as well as an accompanying discussion on why we feel this film is an antidote to pornography. 

The time has come for women to tell their own stories. In a country where new parents get 6 weeks unpaid leave (if they're lucky), and the maternal mortality rate is among the worst in the developed world, we need to see that birth isn't simply something that is done to us by a patriarchal system, or something to be saved from. In a culture where sexual assault is publicly dismissed and pornography encourages violence towards and the belittling of women, women must begin to reclaim the moments that define us as powerful beings. We propose we start at birth, where we all begin. 

Speaking of women telling their own stories - this film is being produced by its subjects, which is quite unusual. After the film's chief producer and director experienced a #metoo callout and resigned, the work of producing a film rested at the feet of two midwives with no experience in the film world. We are learning the ropes and traveling with this project, talking with anyone who will listen about why birth matters

CAN YOU DONATE IN HONOR OF SOMEONE ELSE?

Totally! You can donate in honor of a mother, midwife, doctor, or doula who has inspired you. Email us your name and theirs and we will make sure they are notified. 

You can also purchase rewards in their name if you have their mailing address.

THANK YOU for your support and for keeping our work alive. We love you. 

"In Front of the Coals" T-shirt
"In Front of the Coals" T-shirt
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"Birth Not Bombs" t-shirt
Hosting a Community Screening Event
Hosting a Community Screening Event
THESE ARE MY HOURS poster
THESE ARE MY HOURS poster

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    PRENATAL LOVE WITH EMILY AND CAREY

    Let Emily and Carey (the mother and the midwife in the film) shower you with some love during your pregnancy. They will call you via Skype or phone and chat with you about your birth plans and how pregnancy is going for you.

    The call will last 90 minutes and can take place anytime in 2019 or 2020.

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    POSTPARTUM LOVE WITH EMILY AND CAREY

    Let Emily and Carey (the mother and the midwife in the film) shower you with some love during your postpartum.

    They will make 3 (three) calls to you via Skype and chat with you about your birth and how postpartum is going for you.

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