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The first film to be told from the perspective of a woman giving birth.
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THESE ARE MY HOURS is a film unlike any other. 

Most documentaries about childbirth center around experts offering their opinions. 

Fiction films depict birth as a punchline – starring sweaty, histrionic women who quickly become a supporting character upon the appearance of medical personnel. Mothers are seen as weak, crazy, in danger, or simply a vessel to bring a baby. 

THIS IS NOT THE STORY OF BIRTH.

Childbirth is a rite of passage. It is often how a person marks time in their life; Before and After. It is a transformative experience for all involved. The layers of ritual and meaning are profound; Maiden to Mother. Womb to Earth. Partners to Parents. Child to Sibling. 

How do we capture such a personal and internal experience? 

It is accomplished by not engaging the "thinking mind", and instead using the tools of art and music and raw emotion. THESE ARE MY HOURS is the first film able to capture the way it feels to be present at a birth, to give birth.  Audiences are invited to attend an undisturbed birth at home. Many say they actually feel the contractions alongside the mother as she labors. 

Without commentary as a distraction, viewers can immerse themselves in a moment that we've all experienced (since we were all born!), but few get to witness. 

Featuring poetic voiceover from the birthing mother and real-time labor sounds,  THESE ARE MY HOURS is film’s first glimpse into the personal narrative of humanity’s universal journey.

It is a raw display of female intensity. It is mother-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 belittling of women, women must reclaim the moments that define us as powerful beings. We propose we start at birth, where we all begin.

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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Hosting a Community Screening Event
THESE ARE MY HOURS poster
THESE ARE MY HOURS poster

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    HAPPY 39th BIRTHDAY to Carey, who is the These Are My Hours midwife! To celebrate, we are offering a limited-edition, limited-time reward:

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    "So there you are in front of the coals and they're burning"

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    SCREENING LICENSE + SKYPE Q&A

    Share the experience of THESE ARE MY HOURS with your community.

    After your screening, Emily and Carey (the mother and midwife in the film) will Skype in for a live Q&A with your audience.

    *Contact Emily at emilyg@thesearemyhours.com to arrange the timing of your event. Event can​​ take place in 2019 or 2020.

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