Nacer - Diario de maternidad

Jorge Caballero
Colombia, 83 min

Here are six portraits of birth in the public hospitals of Bogotá. The routine handling of these events is observed from a vantage point alongside the mother-to-be. Filmed with great respect, these births reveal the social reality of this public institution in which Bogotá’s society is born. There is humanity here as well, enabled by the more moving moments in this sensitive film.

A fleeting kiss and the newborn is whisked away for a variety of routine tests. The mother lies on the birthing table, exhausted, her child still out of reach to her: the tension between medical safety and her emotional needs is palpable. Jorge Caballero spent several months filming in the public hospitals of Bogotá and created six portraits of birth there. In Nacer – Diario de maternidad, Caballero, who had just become a father himself, assumes the stance of an observer – but one whose place is consistently at the side of the mothers-to-be. Their own life circumstances are precarious: only one of the women is accompanied by her husband.

In Bagatela (2008) it was lawyers for petty criminals. This time it is physicians at whose desks the women, uniformly clad in their hospital gowns, sit to discuss their cases. The births are filmed with great respect and reveal the social reality of the event. In their actions and words the staff mirror the social hierarchies within the hospital as the institution in which society is born, but there is humanity here as well, enabled by the more moving moments in this sensitive film.

Jenny Billeter

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Duration
83 min
Year
2011
Country
Colombia
Section
International Feature Film Competition
Language
Spanish
Subtitle
English
Production
Rosa Ramos

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