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My So-Called Selfish Life

An irreverent journey to discover what it means to say no thanks to motherhood.

Videos

Official Trailer

Overview

Genre
Contemporary Issues, Minorities, Personal Doc, Essay, and Social Issues
Synopsis

My So-Called Selfish Life is a paradigm-shifting documentary by award-winning filmmaker Therese Shechter about one of our greatest social taboos: choosing not to become a mother.

Titled after one of the myths it challenges, this entertaining, inspiring and thought-provoking film draws upon a heady mix of culture, science, and history to reveal the rich lives of a diverse group of people saying no to having children–and the forces that have marginalized them in society.

My So-Called Selfish Life’s core message is there's one right way to be a woman, and a woman’s value in society should not lie in her ability to reproduce. The film explores pressing, timely issues tied to reproduction that are as personal as they are political including ongoing threats to reproductive services, and the panic over declining birthrates in an overpopulated world.

Entertaining and thought-provoking, the film questions the cultural narratives that shape women's identities, bodies, and lives.

Stage
finished
Running time
77 minutes

Credits

  • Therese Shechter ... Director/Producer/Writer
  • Iris Ng ... Cinematographer
  • Siobhan Dunne ... Editor
  • Stephen Thomas Cavit ... Original Score
  • Luke Murphy ... Animation

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Trixie Films LLC
Country
United States
Years of Production
2016-2021
Locations
US/Canada

Distribution Details

Release year
2021
Language
English

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