High Tech Baby Making: North & South

Kathy High

1994, 28:00 minutes, colour/ B&W, English


Deep Dish TV has produced a series entitled Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired about women and their health care. Deep Dish TV is a not-for-profit media organization based in New York which provides a national satellite network linking producers and programmers, independent videomakers, activists and people who support the idea and reality of a progressive television network. Deep Dish TV assembles material from producers around the world and transmits it to community television stations and home dish owners.

Kathy High and Harriet Hirshorn (USA) with assistance from Nathalie Magnan (France) and Mont Marsa (Spain) co-produced a program for Deep Dish TV about reproductive rights and new technologies, High-Tech Baby Making: North and South: An Investigation of New Reproductive Technologies. This half hour program includes videotapes from countries such as India (excerpts from Something Like A War by Deepa Dhanraj), Japan, Mexico, France, Gemany (Excerpts from
... And Other Spurts by Miriam Quinte and Juliane Gissler) which examine how different reproductive issues are dealt with in countries north, south, east and west. The program brings together multiple voices from different parts of the globe to ask questions about new reproductive technologies and women's rights from an international perspective. Issues discussed include the eugenic selections of sperm banks, the emphasis of fertility and stigma of infertility, and the wide use of contraceptive experimental procedures. Interviews were conducted with sociologists, scientists, influential doctors, cultural critics as well as women who have received treatments.

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