Filmblanc, documentary, and Telus Fund
in association with Indiecan Entertainment
A film by Noemi Weis
World Premiere at Hot Docs
Monday April 27 | 6:30pm | Isabel Bader
Wednesday April 29 | 11:00am | Isabel Bader
It is said that the goal of advertising is to convince you that you have a problem and then sell you the solution. This takes on a perverse, global twist when the “problems” are birth and mother’s milk. Noemi Weis’ intimate and artistic globe-trotting documentary Milk offers insightful comparisons to the choices that face mothers in the First and Third World – markets where, in both cases, the natural is quickly becoming no longer the norm.
Milk will have its World Premiere at Hot Docs April 27 at 6:30pm at Isabel Bader Theatre.
From poverty-stricken women convinced they are “unable” to breast-feed, and turn to a coffee whitener that is the “bottled milk” of choice for poor mothers, to the worldwide phenomenon of c-sections, where a rise in the number of surgical interventions in birth has contributed to the growth of bottle-feeding, Milk brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the globe.
“As I travelled and talked to mothers from different countries,” says Director Weis, “I realized the problems and challenges they faced were similar, no matter what country, what culture or what language they spoke. They were all talking about the same issues, united by a strong feeling of motherhood that clearly had no borders. I went where the story took me, without limitations, traveling to 11 countries and including the strongest and most passionate women, as well as the most vulnerable and ignored.”
Inspiring, informative, provocative and sensitive, Milk celebrates bringing a new life into this world with a strong call to action and reflection.
About Noemi Weis:
Director/producer Noemi Weis’s award-winning socially-conscious documentaries have been sold to more than 30 countries worldwide. Her directorial debut, Abuelas – about the political activism of grandmothers whose loved ones disappeared during Argentina’s “dirty war” – won the Jury Award at the International Festival of Cinema Politico in Buenos Aires. Other award winning credits as Writer and Producer include The Forgotten Woman, Let’s Talk About It, Gloriously Free , Desert Riders , Teaching the life of Music.