The Gentle Birthing Group Malaysia is organising the screening of Freedom for Birth, a 60min documentary campaigning for a mother's right to decide where and how she gives birth.
Made by British filmmakers Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, Freedom for Birth tells the story of Hungarian midwife Agnes Gereb who has been jailed for supporting women giving birth at home. One of the home birth mothers supported by Gereb decided to take a stand.
When pregnant with her second child, Anna Ternovsky took her country to the European Court of Human Rights and won a landmark case that has major implications for childbirth around the world.
Toni Harman, one of the filmmakers says, “the Ternovsky vs Hungary ruling at the European Court of Human Rights in 2010 means that now in Europe, every birthing woman has the legal right to decide where and how she gives birth. And across the world, it means that if a woman feels like her Human Rights are being violated because her birth choices are not being fully supported, she could use the power of the law to protect those rights. With the release of Freedom for Birth, we hope millions of women become aware of their legal rights and so our film has the potential to spark a revolution in maternity care across the world. In fact, we are calling this the Mothers' Revolution.”
The filmmakers are aiming for 1,000 screenings happening all across the world on Sept 20, 2012. The countries with confirmed screenings include Britain, Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Belgium, Hungary, United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
Each screening is being organised by local birth campaigners.
Below are the details for local screenings on Sept 20, 2012:
Venue: Inti Sarawak, Jalan Stampin Timur, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak
RSVP: (019) 889-1093 with name and number of people attending
Venue: Delucca The Italian Restaurant, Ground Floor, Office Tower, One Residency, 1 Jalan Nagasari, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur
Venue: Sun Yoga KL, 145B, Jalan Aminudin Baki, Tmn Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or SMS (019) 359-3486 with name and number of tickets required
Additional information about Freedom for Birth can be found at freedomforbirth.com.