My friends at the Portland Public Library are wrapping up their summer documentary series with a free screening of Motherland. Ramona Diaz’s documentary, the winner of the 2017 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Commanding Vision, gives us an intimate look inside the world’s busiest maternity hospital.  In a hospital that is literally bursting with life, we are immersed in the chaotic world of the maternity ward and the resourcefulness of the people who live and work there.

I’ll be there to introduce the film and lead a short discussion afterward. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, it will be better than Cats. Please join Ballast & Buoy at the library for this eye-opening and thought-provoking event.

Childbirth is often a communal process, with a team of nurses, doctors and loved ones simultaneously witnessing the miracle of life. In one Philippines hospital, “communal” is an understatement. Ramona S. Diaz’s latest film, Motherland, takes us into one of the busiest maternity wards on Earth.

Filled with warmth, humor and heartache, Motherland is a vérité portrait of childbirth–with all its joys and challenges depicted on screen. It is also a fascinating study of a country where conservative Catholic ideas about childbirth and contraception prevail, making the film an ideal starting point for conversations about reproductive healthcare policy.

(From the POV series on PBS)

 

Motherland: free screening and discussion

Rines Auditorium of the Portland Public Library

Thursday, September 28, 2017

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Downtown, metered street parking is free after 6pm. There is also a parking garage next to the library on Elm Street.