Small Family, Happy Family (2019)
We are currently finishing up a longer version of our 2014 short documentary, "Nasbandi." This upcoming film explores India’s complex relationship with female sterilization and reproductive justice. Through the narratives of women across Northern India, Small Family, Happy Family reveals how India's controversial and often coercive family planning policies affect the lives of women. Directors Anne Munger and Zoe Hamilton capture first hand what real effect these policies - combined with the pressure from family members, health workers, and her community - have on a woman seeking birth control in India.
The film is an immersive, highly personal glimpse into the life of an Indian woman positioned at the turbulent nexus of technology, government policy, and reproductive rights. In her we see so many other women - in India and in our own countries - who also have tenuous control over their bodies and choices.
In the early fall of 2016, we raised over $19,000 through an Indiegogo campaign to fund our production. We also received generous financial support from MyArk Foundation (thank you, MyArk!). The campaign is over, but we are still looking to raise more money throughout our production process. If you are passionate about women's reproductive rights and would like to donate, you can do so by clicking the PayPal button below. Any amount helps, and all donations will go directly to the creation of this feature documentary. If you want to learn a bit more about the subject and our process, please feel free to reach out to us.
"Nasbandi" is a short documentary telling the stories of four women as they reflect on their decision to get – or not get – sterilized. Through the narratives of Sarita, Pushpa, Sundara Devi, and Roopa, the film dives into larger issues of gender equality, and questions whether sterilization is ultimately helping India’s future.