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“Thomas asked how the other people [in the village would be] feeling about the filmmakers working there. I said, first we have to inform the Chief of the village…”
In the fall of 2009, the BABIES families – including the children themselves – were shown the finished movie by director Thomas Balmès. Afterwards, they were invited to discuss their feelings about this most unique component of their family history.
Read the full interview on Focus Features.
Read the full interview here.
“In Mongolia, breastmilk is not just for babies, it’s not only about nutrition, and it’s definitely not something you need to be discreet about. It’s the stuff Genghis Khan was made of.”
Read more about this here.
“There is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come.”
Read about the birth song and other legends here.
“Phrases like “tiger mom” and “helicopter parent” have made their way into everyday language. But does overparenting hurt, or help?
While parents who are clearly and embarrassingly inappropriate come in for ridicule, many of us find ourselves drawn to the idea that with just a bit more parental elbow grease, we might turn out children with great talents and assured futures…”
Read the full The New York Times article.
Cozy documentaries that will make you feel the spirit of winter.
Read about a new report stating that a third of women should be able to give birth without seeing a doctor.
“While no one can argue the benefits of advanced technology in today’s world, connection to these devices may have resulted in a disconnection from what society should value most, children. Rather than hugging, playing, rough housing, and conversing with children, parents are increasingly resorting to providing their children with more TV, video games, and the latest iPads and cell phone devices…”
Read the Huffington Post article.
Here you can read a father’s reaction and reflection on parenthood, and cultural differences after watching BABIES.
"BABIES just might restore your faith in our perplexing, peculiar and stubbornly lovable species."
The New York Times
"The procession of youthful behavior is almost hypnotic, but BABIES is delivered with refreshing immediacy and joyful humor."
"A mesmerizing and weirdly manipulative experience..."
The Washington Post