HerStory Institute screening: “The Milky Way” (2 showings)

August 2, 2014 @ 10:00 pm – August 3, 2014 @ 1:45 am
Watkins Theater

In partnership with Watkins Community Education, the HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films highlighting the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. HerStory Institute is supported by Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women.

NOTE: Two screenings, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The breastfeeding documentary that will change the face of American motherhood: “The Milky Way” is a documentary exposé about breastfeeding in the United States.  We show how women can reclaim their birthright and restore the nursing mother archetype. More than a breastfeeding promotion film, this is a film by, for, and about women. It is about the knowledge that inherently resides in every woman, how to access that knowledge and how to trust what we already know. It is a film that inspires women to say, “I can do that!” “I want to do that!”  Mission: Restore the phenomenon of the breastfeeding mother.  Core Values: Mother and baby are a symbiotic, synergistic, holistic entity; Profound trust in women’s bodies and babies capabilities; Mother is the baby’s home, habitat; Nursing is a normal, ordinary yet extraordinary, experience.  Goals:  Empower mothers through a film designed to elicit each mother’s own embodied wisdom; Validate women’s lived experience of mothering, birthing and breastfeeding; Inspire each woman to trust her body, trust her baby, and trust herself during her journey through motherhood; Reveal a newborn’s innate abilities; Unveil the extraordinary inner workings of nursing; Transform the way America views baby’s first food; Dismantle beliefs and practices that compromise a woman’s ability to nurse a baby; Expose the many ways culture undermines nursing.

93 min. 2014