A Healthy Baby Girl
USA | 1997 | 57 min
A Healthy Baby Girl is an intimate, humorous, yet searing exploration of what happens when science, marketing, and corporate power enter our deepest family relationships. A Healthy Baby Girl is an inter-generational story of one family's response to an ethical and technological crisis, experienced from their home in Merrick, Long Island.
In 1963, filmmaker Judith Helfand's mother was prescribed the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby. But technology is rarely a benign midwife. In 1990, at age twenty-five, Helfand was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. She went home to her family to heal from a radical hysterectomy. There she picked up her camera. Her video diary, A Healthy Baby Girl, was shot over five years and goes beyond loss to document mother-daughter love, family renewal, survival, political awakening, and community activism.
A Healthy Baby Girl premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and is released through the Sundance Institute #ArtistServices Initiative.
DIR Judith Helfand
SCR Judith Helfand and Irena Klepfisz
CAST Judith Helfand, Florence Helfand, Theodore Helfand