NEW YORK PREMIERE A nuanced, behind-the-scenes look into the booming shadow economy catering to pregnant Chinese tourists who travel to America to give birth in order to obtain U.S. citizenship for their babies. Told through a series of observational vignettes, and with extraordinary access to the maternity hotel industry and their clients, the film outlines the invisible contours of the underground birth tourism industry and its unexpected actors in the U.S. and China, while probing deeply into the lives of several protagonists caught up in the phenomenon. An intim.ate and compassionate portrait of women’s reproductive journeys, family, traditions, and capitalist desires.– Ruth Somalo
Co-presented by The New Republic.
The first screening will be followed by a Q&A with director, producer and editor Leslie Tai, and producer Jillian Schultz.
This film contains the following accessibility options for viewers:
All in-person screening venues provide sound amplification headphones upon request with venue management. IFC Center can also provide a T-Coil loop for compatible devices.