How To Have An American Baby

Dir. Leslie Tai; 2023


Showtime Theater @ The Blue Note Thu, Mar 2, 2023 7:15 PM
Q&A with director Leslie Tai
Willy Wilson @ Ragtag Sat, Mar 4, 2023 2:30 PM
Q&A with director Leslie Tai
Missouri Theatre Sun, Mar 5, 2023 9:30 AM
Q&A with director Leslie Tai
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Original Language:English


Maternity hotels across Southern California house expecting Chinese mothers who have traveled to the U.S. on birthing vacations…in order to give birth and obtain U.S. citizenship for their babies. In How to Have an American Baby, director Leslie Tai creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of this shadow economy, tracing the line from Beijing and Shanghai to Los Angeles. These women spend months in America preparing for birth, oftentimes making significant sacrifices such as living alone in a foreign country where they are unable to speak the language. Tai weaves together observational footage of the women’s lives as well as the industry surrounding them to demonstrate the complexity and restrictions of borders as families seek a better life for their children. (KS) This film contains images of medical procedures and references to infant death.

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