At the end of the week, I posted about the Orgasmic Birth film screening I went to (and shared my reservations about the title) and also posted about MANA 2008 conference blog. In a convenient coincidence, as I later scrolled through the conference blog I found that they actually addressed the title issue as by quoting from a newspaper article about the title of the film:
"First, she announced her working title, "An Ordinary Miracle: Global Models of Care."
Sit back down, they told her.
Then she tried "Ecstatic Birth." Still not good enough.
Finally, a friend Pascali-Bonaro had brought along for support whispered an idea in her ear. "Just go for it," she urged.
The fledgling filmmaker stood up and announced:
Now they were interested." (see original article)
Though my reservations about "fringiness" still stand, I do understand the publicity maneuver of the titling choice.
And, can I just say again how very much I enjoyed this film. It has really lingered with me and I find myself referencing it in conversation. I've also had some great conversations prompted by the issues and themes it raises.
Speaking of films, here is a link to a trailer for a film for fathers coming out in 2009. Called The Other Side of the Glass, it looks like it covers a side of birth--specifically, medicalized birth--that hasn't been addressed in this way before. The trailer definitely makes me want to see more.
Back in the States, day 1
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