A Healthy Baby Girl Video Trailer

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In 1963, filmmaker Judith Helfand‘s mother was prescribed the drug Diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby.
In 1990, at age twenty-five, Judith was diagnosed with DES-linked cervical clear cell adenocarcinoma (CCA) . She went home to her family to heal from a radical hysterectomy, grabbed a camera and created a video-diary of her life after surgery.
YouTube video by Cinedigm published on 4 Apr 2014.

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    Expected Release: May 06, 2014.
  • A Healthy Baby Girl is an inter-generational story of one family’s response to an ethical and technological crisis, experienced from their home in Merrick, Long Island. Intimate and humorous, it’s also a searing exploration of what happens when science, marketing, and corporate power enter our deepest family relationships.
    Judith‘s video diary, A Healthy Baby Girl, was shot over five years and goes beyond loss to document mother-daughter love, family renewal, survival, political awakening, and community activism.
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A Healthy Baby Girl

Preview, buy, and download this DES movie on iTunes

A Healthy Baby Girl
A Healthy Baby Girl, a 1996 Film by Judith Helfand

A Film by
Judith Helfand
1996, 57 minutes,
Color, 16mm/DVD

In 1963 Judith’s mother was prescribed the ineffective, carcinogenic synthetic hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby.

At twenty-five, Judith was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. After a radical hysterectomy she went to her family’s home to heal and picked up her camera. The resulting video-diary is a fascinating exploration of how science, marketing and corporate power can affect our deepest relationships.

Shot over five years, A Healthy Baby Girl tells a story of survival, mother-daughter love, family renewal, and community activism. Intimate, humorous, and searing, it is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the relationship between women’s health, public policy, medical ethics and corporate responsibility. Watch the video trailer.

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