When the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP), or birth control pill, was made available for contraceptive purposes at the start of the 1960s it triggered a sexual revolution for women. No longer did they have to rely on a man’s ‘judgement’ and run the risk of pregnancy every time they had sex. This newfound freedom of choice proved to be a catalyst for a wider women’s rights movement. However, that’s just one side of the story.
– – The Business of Birth Control investigates the history of birth control and what it has meant for generations of women, especially those of colour. Abby Epstein’s documentary tackles a number of pressing issues, weaving together stories from bereaved parents and interviews with technological innovators and rights activists. Highlighting the inherent racism and looking for a safe and ecological solution. In an area where it’s still, ludicrously, seen to be a women’s issue.
Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia
The Business of Birth Control champions the importance of awareness and education. Highlighting the shocking amount of women who are handed a medication without being made fully aware of its side-effects and alternative methods. It brings together different perspectives from today, as well as the history of birth control, to encourage women to take charge of their health, to be aware of their options and figure out what’s best for them.
Rebecca Cherry, Film Carnage
The film is also available online throughout the festival!