Film - Feature | May 1 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Aïcha Mackys original impetus for making her first feature-length film was to reflect on her mothers death in childbirth. Her project became even more personal as she turned to her own experience as a married woman without children. While a universal issue, infertility is a taboo topic in Niger, which has the highest average birthrate in the world. Through sharing womens stories of being stigmatized by infertilityand of dealing with husbands who refuse to be tested, who abandon them, or who take other wivesMacky advocates for a fuller identity for Nigerien women.