The first film to tell the story of birth from the perspective of a woman in labor
The prevalent belief in modern society is that people cannot give birth on their own; that they are not mentally, psychologically, or physically strong enough.
The time has come to deconstruct this story.
These Are My Hours is a raw display of female intensity. Without commentary as a distraction, These Are My Hours offers the audience an opportunity to immerse themselves in a moment that we've all experienced (since we were all born!), but few get to witness.
Featuring poetic voiceover from the birthing mother and real-time labor sounds, this is film’s first glimpse into the personal narrative of humanity’s universal journey.
might leave someone feeling powerful, traumatized, or anywhere in between. A person is always transformed by the experience of giving birth. And yet... birth is missing from most conversations about reproductive justice or feminism.
Many gender studies students don't learn about birth; about obstetrical violence, lack of autonomy in childbirth, or the abysmal rates of maternal mortality and morbidity in the industrialized world (especially the US). This risk is compounded by up to 4x higher if you are a person of color.
We are traumatizing parents and babies. We are fearful of birth as a society. These are serious issues and deserve our attention.
We need to be talking about birth!
These Are My Hours serves as a blueprint for instinctual, mammalian, human birth, but it's not solely a film about a mother. It also tells the story of a person's first transformation, being born. As humans, we inherently expect to feel connected, supported, and treated with love. The way babies enter this world is immensely important. These Are My Hours speaks to the heart and urges us to remember that the arrival of a human is a sacred event, regardless of the setting or specifics of the birth.
This is a beautiful film. I cried all the way through it. It put me right back into the process of giving birth myself, affirming my perspective and my experience. These Are My Hours is a film that speaks clearly, yet poetically, to a fundamental truth that is all but absent in our national discourse: The power of birth must be put back into the hands of the women who do it. That is where it belongs.
Ani DiFranco, singer/songwriter, activist