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Directed by
Dana Ben-Ari

USA / 2013 / 90

North American Premiere

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Dana Ben-Ari
Perhaps one of the most overlooked yet universal aspects of pregnancy and childbirth is the production of a mother’s breastmilk. Despite endless research on the benefits of breastfeeding, the stigma surrounding this natural and age-old practice has led to a new world of motherhood where maternity confronts sexuality and naturalists are forced to confront a culture brimming with baby formulas, breast pumps and endless skepticism.

Director Dana Ben-Ari in her feature debut, takes a daring look at the world surrounding breast milk in exclusive interviews with both men and women, professionals and parents, bringing the clandestine world surrounding breast milk to the forefront. Breastmilk not only confronts our modern perspective on breastfeeding but delves beneath the surface in uncovering what exactly has led us to treat breast milk as “liquid gold” and breasts as overtly sexual iconography. This documentary is brilliant in revealing the guilt, humor and controversy surrounding breastmilk while providing a unique look at this lesser understood challenge of parenthood. –Chandra Knotts

First time director/producer Dana Ben-Ari became fascinated with breast feeding after the birth of her first child. She quickly learned about the physical challenges of motherhood and the problems women encounter. After her second child, she began to examine breast feeding on film, talking to scores of women.
Executive Producer(s): Nikola Duravcevic, Lindsey Clennell, Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein
Producer(s): Dana Ben-Ari
Director(s): Dana Ben-Ari
Cinematographer(s): Jake Clennell, additional cinematography by Derek Wiesehahn
Editor(s): Molly Snyder-Fink and Hisayo Kushida
Composer(s)/Music: Joel Hamburger
Sound Designer(s): Tom Paul
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