Once you hit your 30s, or late 20s even, you will be starting to asked the question: “So when are you going to have kids? When will those grandchildren come?” Admitting to not wanting kids, especially as a woman, will inevitably lead to follow-up questions, surprise or even confusion. Last year, Israeli sociologist Orna Dornath’s book Regretting motherhood cause heated and long-drawn discussion, even far off Israel.
This DIY author documentary, “No Kids for Me, Thanks!” at the crossroads between an anthropological essay and a personal quest delves into the reality of Western women who’ve decided not to have children. The filmmaker traveled to France, Belgium and across Québec (Canada) to meet with childfree women, aged 30 to 70, in order to understand their life choices. No Kids for Me, Thanks! explores common myths about childfree women as well as the insidious pronatalist social pressure that operates in Western society by giving a voice to a segment of the population that is rarely heard and that remains somewhat foreign to their peers. This documentary addresses more than the issue of non-motherhood and examines the role of women in society in 2015.
This documentary takes a look at choice, expectations and the societal pressures of having children. LThe topic may be controversial as it questions the joy of motherhood? Filmmaker Magenta Baribeau will be present after the screening for a Q&A and discussion with the audience.
Venue: Agora Rollberg