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American Experience - A Midwife's Tale
American Experience - A Midwife's Tale
Actors: Ron Tough, Eric Jaillet, J. Smith-Cameron, Cecil Sharpe, Paula Dawson
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 28min


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Actors: Ron Tough, Eric Jaillet, J. Smith-Cameron, Cecil Sharpe, Paula Dawson
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Biography
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/13/2006
Original Release Date: 02/02/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 02/02/1998
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a PBS documentary about the diary of an 18th century midwife named Martha Ballard. It is interesting to view how her life was chronicled in her own words and portrayed so beautifully through this film. I also got a better understanding of life in those difficult times and how life was constant work and toil, especially for a woman. There are a lot of parallels between Martha Ballard's life and the lives of wives, mothers, and women across various cultures and time periods. It is encouraging to know that there is a common thread among women who take on so much of the work involved in family life, childrearing, etc. I am inspired that she raised her children with so much tireless strength and dignity, and even went beyond her own family to help other women bring their children into the world."
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(5 out of 5 stars)

"I originally had to watch this film for a women's history class. What began as a chore turned to so much more. This film is beautiful. I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. The film depicts the life of Martha Ballard. Martha is an early American woman who records her daily life in her diary. It spans the years 1785-1812. The film brings to life the "ordinary" daily chores of 18th century women. However, we begin to see that those lives are never ordinary, but are riddled with constant obstacles. Martha is a midwife, as the title suggests. But, she is actually much more than that. She is also a nurse and physician. She is a great woman who cares for her neighbors in a way that would seem taboo today. The film delivers many great moments, and the aura left is nothing less than poetic. I recommend this film to all who cherish beauty at its best. You will not be disappointed."
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