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Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives.

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives

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Warm, spirited and occasionally slathered in got, "Birth Story" is a celebratory tribute to the endangered art of midwifery and its most influential practitioner, Ina May Gaskin. A disarming example of documentary filmmaking that stakes out an opinion with plain-spoken, commonsensical wisdom, this insightful effort from helmers Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore doubles as a defense of natural childbirth and an affectionate look back at the movement's '70s countercultural roots. It also features intensely graphic, matter-of-fact footage of women in labor that will likely rep the Los Angeles fest audience award-winner's biggest talking point in limited theatrical and home-format exposure.

--Justin Chang

CREDITS: Directed by Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore. Reviewed at Los Angeles Film Festival (competing), June 16, 2012. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Ina May Gaskin, Stephanie Sorensen, Stacie Hunt, Heather Chart, Stephen Gaskin, Mary Louise Perkins, Kay Marie Jacobson. Pamela Hunt. Cara Gillette, Mary Fjerstad, Patience Melnik Sharon Wells, Joanne Saatana, Deborah Devoursney, Marianne Gysae, Cornelia "Leela" Pratt, Marilyn Read, Rosalind Sedacca, Leslie Reynolds, Gerrie Sue Chappell, Janice Hunter Malafronte, Carol Nelson. Eva Gaskin.

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Author:Chang, Justin
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Movie review
Date:Aug 13, 2012
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