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Born at home videorecordingproduced by Sublunar films and Matrika ; direced by Sameera Jain

By: Jain, Sameera.
Contributor(s): Sameera Jain | Sublunar films (Organization) | Matrika (Organization).
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: Bombay Sameera Jain c2004Description: 1 videodisc (62 min.) sd., col 4 3/4 in.Subject(s): birth attendants -- India | caste -- India | ethnography -- India | health -- India | gender -- IndiaGenre/Form: Documentary -- Feature.DDC classification: 618.4
Production Credits: Camera, Rita Banerji ; editing, Monica Bhusin ; sound, Sameera Jain, Ashish Pandya ; Music, Sumit Sen
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‘Born at Home’ observes indigenous birth practices and practitioners in parts of India — rural Rajasthan, Bihar, and an urban working class area of Delhi.

Poised between social reality and the eternal mystery of childbearing, the film presents an intricate delineation of the figure of the dai (midwife) who is almost always a low-caste, poor woman. The dais’ methods are holistic, conceiving of childbirth not as pathology but continuation of organic life.

Dais handle about 50% of the births in India. Her inherited skills, though accessible and low-cost, are continually devalued by the mainstream. The film poses a critical question – why does the state not recognise the almost one million traditional practitioners in the country?

Camera, Rita Banerji ; editing, Monica Bhusin ; sound, Sameera Jain, Ashish Pandya ; Music, Sumit Sen


In English and Hindi with English subtitles.

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