Dana Ben-Ari's gently affecting and insightful documentary achieves a remarkable intimacy with its subjects.



BREASTMILK, the new documentary by first-time filmmaker Dana Ben-Ari, is an unflinchingly provocative, humorous, informative and inspirational exploration of just how, when and why the next generation gets fed. The film dives into the fray of what really happens among new parents – those who want to breastfeed, those who can’t breastfeed and a whole culture caught up in the heady mix of stress, bliss and judgment that have made breastfeeding choices a matter of polarizing social debate. BREASTMILK uncovers all the most surprising and concealed aspects of what it means to have milk: from hooter hiders to work-place pumping, from career moms to gay parents, from wet nurses to sex practices, from freaked-out fathers and impassioned “lactivists” to the moms who halt breastfeeding before their infant is 6 months old. The result is an illuminating portrait of an everyday human subject rarely shown on film. Aiming beyond simplistic debates over what is natural or normal, BREASTMILK scopes out new territory. For the film is not only a revealing inquiry into our modern approach to one of the body’s most remarkable functions – it’s also an examination of how the most personal things become political and a stirring sketch of the breathtakingly diverse experience of modern parenthood itself. CAVU Pictures presents BREASTMILK, directed and produced by Dana Ben-Ari (making her feature film debut) and executive produced by Ricki Lake ("The Ricki Lake Show," "The Business of Being Born") and Abby Epstein ("The Business of Being Born").
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Dana Ben-Ari
Diana Clarke, Village Voice

Colleen is nine months pregnant and glowing. She cradles her stomach. Then the conversation turns to mothers who feed their babies formula, and Colleen sours: "It's not something I would do." Soon afterward, the camera finds her in a hospital bed, holding her wrinkled, wailing, hungry newborn ...

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