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In the legacy of their groundbreaking documentary The Business of Being Born which revolutionized the way people think about childbirth, filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake unpack the power structures surrounding the reproductive health industry complex. 

Sixty years after the pill revolutionized women's emancipation, The Business of Birth Control examines the complex relationship between hormonal birth control and women’s health and liberation. The documentary traces the feminist movement to investigate and expose the pill's risks alongside the racist legacy of hormonal contraception and its ongoing weaponization against communities of color.  Weaving together the stories of bereaved parents, body literacy activists and femtech innovators, the film reveals a new generation seeking holistic and ecological alternatives to the pill.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Language
  • Director
    Abby Epstein
  • Producer
    Holly Grigg-Spall, Anna Kolber, James Costa
  • Executive Producer
    Ricki Lake
  • Filmmaker
    BOBB Films
  • Cinematographer
    Mia Barker
  • Editor
    Anne Alvergue, Kristen Nutile
  • Composer
    Simone Giuliani