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Film Showing: A Midwife's Tale

The true tale of two women 200 years apart, linked by the diary one of them left behind. An original source of women’s history, and Maine history, the diary of 18th Century wilderness midwife Martha Moore Ballard was painstakingly and masterfully deciphered by historian Laurel Ulrich. An unusual collaboration between author Ulrich with a team led by producer/writer Laurie Kahn-Leavitt and director Richard Rogers, and using New England homebirth midwives as consultants, this film is moving and unforgettable. “A Midwife’s Tale reveals the lives of ordinary people, making visible what has remained invisible for centuries.” It takes us to a world in the past that is foreign, yet familiar: birth, death, social change, social ills, women’s economy in a pioneer community and the wisdom and challenges of the primary healer of her community in the decades post American Revolution. In an extraordinary and nuanced performance, award-winning actress Kaiulani Lee (Rachel Carson in A Sense of Wonder; Mother Jones in Can't Scare Me) brings Martha to life as a person and a midwife who will always live in your heart.

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