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Film that challenges ‘one of society’s greatest social taboos’ premieres on CBC Documentary Channel

TORONTO, September 21, 2022 /CNW/ — A groundbreaking feature documentary that challenges the social mantra that motherhood is both a duty and a destiny will have its Canadian premiere on CBC’s The Documentary Channel on Sunday September 25.

Therese Shechterthe director of My so-called selfish life, said that “the film is a journey through one of our society’s greatest social taboos: choosing not to become a mother, an issue that has taken on vital new importance following the US Supreme Court’s ruling. United to cancel Roe v. Wade.

My so-called selfish life was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and produced by Trixie Films, a fully independent, female-led production company that Shechter founded in 2001.

Shechter is the award-winning director of how to lose your virginity and I was a teenage feminist. “My films are born out of thorny issues around the roles and destinies of women,” she said, “and My so-called selfish life examines the thorniest of all, because if a woman cannot control her own reproductive life, she cannot control the rest of her life.”

The film weaves together personal stories, pop culture, history and politics, showing how society reinforces the idea that motherhood is both a duty and a destiny, and the deeper cultural implications of this belief. It features a diverse and engaging group of topics, as well as clips from television and film showing the pressure on women to become mothers.

“The film has a lot of humor. It’s an important part of my job because it creates space for stimulating conversations,” Shechter said. “I’ve been making documentaries for 20 years. The suggestion that motherhood is not a biological imperative – or a defining measure of femininity – is my most controversial subject to date.”

Among My so-called selfish life subjects are a teacher who paid a high price to “walk out” as childless on 60 minutes in the 1970s, a University of Toronto student who wants to tie his trunks, and a rapper who aspires to age like The golden girls.

Moreover, the late journalist Anne Kingston, who has written for the National Post and Macleans, provides expert commentary and recalls reactions to his controversial Macleans cover story “The Case Against Have Kids”. Poet and biographer Molly Peacock opens with his choice not to have children and the memoirs he inspired.

My so-called selfish life premieres on CBC’s Documentary Channel Sunday September 25at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The Encore shows are:

  • The same evening, at Midnight ET (9pm PT) and 3 a.m. ET (Midnight PT)
  • tuesday september 27at 9am, 2 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Sunday October 2at 8am, 1 p.m., 6 p.m. (ET)
  • friday october 7at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The film is part of the Documentary Channel lineup until September 2025.

A public live screening with Shechter takes place in Toronto on October 26, 2022.

For more information and interview requests: contact Therese ShechterTrixie Movies [email protected] / 917-748-8567 (phone/WhatsApp)

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