Film Screening: GIVE LIGHT: Stories from Indigenous Midwives

(This is a special conference cut of this documentary film prepared exclusively for Bioneers 2022 registrants. The feature length version will premiere at festivals and be broadcast on PBS nationwide in 2023.)

GIVE LIGHT showcases the voices of Indigenous midwives from five continents as they relate their life stories and discuss the joys and challenges of their profession, interwoven with testimony from medical anthropologists, historians and Western midwives and doulas. The film looks at the state of childbirth around the world and explores the fundamental question: Are Indigenous midwifery traditions dying out due to the persuasions of modern medical treatments or could a revival of midwifery actually offer far better birth outcomes and far more meaningful rites of passage in many parts of the world? Director Steph Smith will be with us for a short introduction and a Q&A following the film.

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Marina Theater

May 14th | 9:25 pm to 10:00 pm


Steph Smith
Independent Filmmaker, Cinematographer and Editor
Bioneers 2019 Conference - Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Movements
Bioneers 2022 Conference - A Window Through
Bioneers 2022 Conference - A Window Through