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Birth Justice Film Festival
September 21-23, & 26

Our Birth Justice Film Festival (BJFF) introduces educational, engaging, and thought-provoking documentaries followed by expert panel discussions. In 2020, we created a national virtual watch party experience. For 2021, The Art of Birthing will host live watch parties in New Orleans while simultaneously broadcasting them to our virtual registrants.  Whether you are joining us live or virtually, be sure to purchase your Virtually Vibin' Box so you will be ready when the documentaries roll!

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Through the use of first person narrative and rare archival images, this documentary provides a moving glimpse of the women who have skillfully brought scores of children across the threshold of existence. Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, this evocative and passionate film celebrates women who have committed themselves to holistic answers amidst powerful misconceptions about the practice of midwifery and virulent opposition from practitioners of Western medicine.

Viewing: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Virtual Only      

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A blueprint for instinctual, mammalian, human birth. These Are My Hours tells the story of a person’s first transformation, being born. This documentary film unveils the secret that birth is also a source of feminist empowerment and an act of revolution. Discover what autonomous birth looks like, and hear what it means as a laboring woman narrates her own experience of birthing a child. 

Viewing: 5:30pm - 7:00pm CST 

Discussion: 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST

3:30pm - 6:00pm PST

♦ 6:00pm - 7:00pm PST

Chocolate Milk is an exploration of the racial divide in breastfeeding. Told through the narratives of three African American women: a new mother, a midwife and a WIC lactation educator, the film seeks to answer the longstanding question of why more African American women are not breastfeeding. 

Viewing: 2:30pm - 4:30pm CST

Discussion: 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST

12:30pm - 2:30pm PST

2:30pm - 3:30pm PST

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The intention of this documentary is to shed light on the ups and downs of fertility in the lives of Black women primarily as a means of uncovering the “taboo topic” and sounding an alarm for younger women to be aware of and proactive in their reproductive options. 

Viewing: 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST 

Discussion: 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST

♦  4:00pm - 6:00pm PST

♦  6:00pm - 7:00pm PST