What to do in Toronto: See a Documentary

Wondering what to do in Toronto to get a little me-time following the Easter long weekend? The award-winning documentary Birth Story started in Toronto at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on March 29, but there’s still time to see it, since it continues through April 5, 2013.

What to do in Toronto: See a Filmwhat to do in toronto birth story movie

The film follows the story of a group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on their hippie commune in the 70s. In the process, they helped to rescue modern midwifery, and change the way we view childbirth. Ina May Gaskin, one of the midwives featured in the film, has been called “the most famous midwife in the world.” She’s also written four books, including the popular anthology Spiritual Midwifery.

The makers of Birth Story gained incredible access to the midwivesʼ archival video collection, at The Farm Clinic that they founded. Their film portrays the unique sisterhood at the clinic, and provides an unadorned, unabashed and awe-inspiring view of childbirth. Birth Story premiered at the 2012 LA Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Award. Q&A discussions with filmmakers will follow select screenings of the film in Toronto.

A Raucous Celebration

A review from radio station KCRW calls the film “A fascinating history lesson and a raucous celebration of life…you’ll shed tears of joy at the sight of babies being born with a sense of wonder, awe, and joy.” If birth is your thing, this film may be just the answer for what to do in Toronto this week. We suggest leaving your partner at home, and getting some time to yourself, or calling up a great friend. If you follow it up with a quiet bite to eat, you’ll recover from the post-Easter doldrums in no time at all.

To find out more about the film, visit birthstorymovie.com.

Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at Strocel.com.

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