Made in India is a feature length documentary from filmmakers Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha. The film explores the human experiences behind the phenomena of “outsourcing” surrogate mothers to India.
In a review of the film, Varietywrote: “Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha’s engrossing feature follows a working-class U.S. couple proceeding with a last-resort hope for having a child genetically their own: paying a young Mumbai woman to carry their implanted embryos in her womb.”
In the United States, surrogacy can cost up to $100,000. For Lisa and Brian Switzer, the subjects in the film who have exhausted natural options at childbirth, those costs are prohibitive. They look to India, where the cost of surrogacy is reported at roughly $25,000. “In the US, if you’re struggling to have a child, you have to be a lawyer or a doctor to afford this,” they said. “It’s not fair.” When accused of exploitation, Lisa responds: “Walk a mile in my shoes before you judge me.”
The award-winning film screens at 92YTribeca on November 9. Both filmmakers will be in attendance to discuss issues of sex, sexism and colonial legacy.
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Theater: Story Pirates After Dark: Story Pirates don’t dress as pirates or make anybody walk the plank, but they do steal: they take their inspiration from kids themselves, creating an entire show adapted from stories penned by authors under the age of 12.
Film: Made In India: A feature-length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of “outsourcing” surrogate mothers to India. Both filmmakers will be in attendance to discuss issues of sex, sexism and colonial legacy.
Daytime: Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark. Hear the story of this remarkable, controversial woman whose aggressive writing style was an odd fit at the stately New Yorker, with Brian Kellow, Polly Frost and Ray Sawhill.
Film: Love Letters: Not available on DVD and out of print for many years, this is one of Jennifer Jones’ best performances and one of her least-seen films.
Film: Bell Book and Candle: The same year Vertigo was released, Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart also made this Greenwich Village beatnik-witches love story that is a cult favorite of fans of great design, the underrated Richard Quine and sexy witches.
Film: Naomi. Ilan Ben Natan, a 58-year-old astrophysics professor, is obsessively in love with his young wife, Naomi. When Ilan discovers that his deepest fears have come true—Naomi has a lover—he is unable to control himself. He confronts the lover and commits a horrible act, the consequences of which weigh heavily on his conscience.
Film: The Lie. Based on the story by T.C. Boyle, The Lie is the story of young parents Lonnie (Joshua Leonard) and Clover (Jess Weixler). With director/actor Joshua Leonard in person for post-screening Q&A.