The Business of Birth Control

Friday, April 1 - Thursday, April 14, 2022

Post-screening Q&As with director Abby Epstein, executive producer Ricki Lake and Lauren B. Scholz moderated by activist Chelsea Leyland on Fri Apr 1 and with director Abby Epstein, executive producer Ricki Lake on Sat Apr 2 at the 7:25pm shows!

Sixty years after the pill revolutionized women’s emancipation, THE BUSINESS OF BIRTH CONTROL examines the complex relationship between hormonal birth control and women’s health and liberation. The documentary traces the feminist movement to investigate and expose the pill’s risks alongside the racist legacy of hormonal contraception and its ongoing weaponization against communities of color.  Weaving together the stories of bereaved parents, body literacy activists and femtech innovators, the film reveals a new generation seeking holistic and ecological alternatives to the pill while redefining the meaning of reproductive justice. From director Abby Epstein and executive producer Ricki Lake, the team behind IFC Center hit The Business of Being Born (2008) and DOC NYC and IFC Center alum Breastmilk (2014).

“Expect a provocative, unflinching look inside the world of birth control, and perhaps a way forward for what comes next.” – IndieWire

  • Running Time 92 minutes
  • Website
  • Director Abby Epstein
  • Editor Anne Alvergue, Kristen Nutile
  • Cinematographer Mia Barker
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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