Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


The Business of Birth Control

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!

Language: English
Subtitles: partial English
Length: 91 min
Age Limit: K7
Year: 2021
Production Country: USA

Director: Abby Epstein
Producer: Holly Grigg-Spall, James Costa, Anna Kolber, Ricki Lake
Production Company: BOBB Films
Distribution Company: Autlook Filmsales
Editing: Anne Alvergue, Kristen Nutile
Cinematographer: Mia Barker
Music: Simone Giuliani
Sound Design: Tom Gambale