Birth WarsDirected by Janet Jarman
- Mexico, U.S.A.
- 73 mins
Followed by a Q&A with Barbara Vasconez
Told through deeply personal stories in the trenches of the healthcare sector, Birth Wars chronicles a power struggle between doctors and midwives in Mexico over differing visions of childbirth.
While doctors rule over a medical system that aims to be safe and efficient, women often feel disrespected, and their health and well-being suffers. Birth Wars follows midwives and doctors in Guerrero and Chiapas, two of Mexico’s most marginalized and violent states, as they fight against huge odds to transform this system towards one centered on respect for a woman’s health, needs and choices. This is a journey into two worlds driven by prejudices and antagonism, and a testament to the fact that building bridges between these worlds could help save lives.