IN UTERO
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Testimonials

"This is an incredible film and should be required viewing for all humans."

– Lisa Madison

“Hearing these experts share their personal stories of trauma, for me, serves as a powerful awakener for the science community to humanize mental and emotional health, and prioritize our mothers and women in our world.”

– Angelica Singh, Embodied Transformation

“Thank you for making this beautiful movie, and for having such amazingly warm, passionate, dedicated professionals talk about their passion for, and their research on babies, mothers, and adults. I agree that it is a movie that everyone should watch: it is necessary to understand ourselves, our world, and our relationships.”

– Dominique Yárritu

“The film sparked deep discussions about our culture, addiction, and about how we can heal intergenerational trauma. ‘In Utero’ is likely the most fascinating film that our audiences have seen in a decade.”

– Wendy Jolliffe, CHOICE! A Birth and Baby Film Festival

“It’s a beautiful piece, so well done, and carrying important information and viewpoints for all of us, over the world, to contemplate, and for clinicians to have in mind as we treat troubled patients.”

– Nancy Bakalar, Supervising Psychoanalyst, International Psychotherapy Institute

“Found the film a ‘must see’.”

– Alecia Staines, Maternity Consumer Network

“Heartfelt thanks to Gyllenhaal and all others who have contributed to this wonderful piece of work. Everything is so well done and put together in such a fantastic way, thank you. People love the film.”

– Marta Thorsheim, Director, Institute of Trauma Works

“It is dynamic, it is thought provoking and exceptional! This is the best way to start the dialog with professionals working with children who have been traumatized, prenatally exposed to substances, felt stress in utero, or as young children. I am so very impressed and so touched by the film, and cannot talk about it enough.”

– Karen Nutt, Executive Director, Parent’s Place Family Resource and Empowerment

“A damning exposé on the health care issues facing women today. Filmmaker Kathleen Gyllenhaal uses testimonials from health care experts, as well as cutting edge research to remind everyone that a newborn baby is only as healthy as its mother.”

– J. R. Kinnard, Sound On Sight

“A groundbreaking and ambitious mission to investigate ‘How are we formed? Who are we? Why are we who we are?’”

– Lisa Reagan, Executive Editor, Kindred Media

“A mind bending look at just how early our life circumstances affect us, and why myths and fairy tales have the power to soothe us. An unmissable viewing experience if you have even an ounce of curiosity about the course of human events.”

– Courtney Pledger, Executive Director, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

“Overall this is definitely one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in years. It has both: an eye-opening quality and a replay value.”

– Anna Jozwiak, CPH:DOX

“In Utero exposed a science that I was not privy to. Director Kathleen Gyllenhaal put together an informative, fun and engaging film that challenges the status quo when it comes to child rearing. It was eye-opening.”

– Anderson Le, Director of Programming, Hawaii International Film Festival

“Essential and illuminating viewing for anyone touched by parenthood.”

– Carl Spence, Artistic Director, Seattle International Film Festival

“Documentaries tackle tough subjects every day but a breakthrough documentary takes on a subject that people haven’t even thought about, let alone explored and come to a conclusion on. It takes a provocative and groundbreaking creative filmmaker to make a breakthrough documentary.”

– Tonya Mantooth, Executive & Artistic Director of San Diego International Film Festival

“Watched it yesterday! So good. Been on my mind all day. Few big big clicks. Can’t wait to digest and watch again! Not only a perfect movie for birth workers, doulas, and parents but for anyone who wants help understanding their origins and unconscious beliefs. Loved it.”

– @cmason.rhn

“So fun to watch this movie with your mother! Then went out for a dinner to discuss all the conversation. Beautiful presentations and perspectives as well. I’d like to see it very much again.”

– Karen, In Utero - Netherlands

“It was a fascinating film with a lot of recognition and one speaker (the man with the sad eyes) had fortunately recommendations for adults who have discovered an inner wisdom that allows them to get started with their unresolved problems deep into their unconscious. Because … what I found is that it was a film and a recommendation for therapists (I was also himself) with the call to investigate deeper. Referring to recognizing and acknowledging these insights and the importance for the world, but the (weak) end it seems like we have to wait until these insights are recognized and used by the newest generation.”

– Nicolette, In Utero - Netherlands

“Really great movie! For professionals and interested parties. Should be a kind of ‘compulsory’ for anyone who wishes to become pregnant. Also nice to see that even though a lot can go wrong in your life, love is the healing factor. Thanks for making it to NL this movie. I experience it as extremely valuable to create a more loving and beautiful world.”

– Mandy, In Utero - Netherlands

“I have just cried with tears of joy and sadness at this today. This is THE movie that EVERYBODY needs to watch. This is why I do my job in both arenas (therapy and research) I implore everybody to watch this so you can understand the nature of human development, connectedness and compassion for our fellow human beings. THIS MATTERS!!!”

– Catherine Knibb

(★★★★★) “This film is fantastic!! I watched it with my mother and afterwards we dissected her pregnancy with me, and how things may have effected my brother and me. Love the way the director uses classic films to explain the complex ideas of fetal development and why we are the way we are. I recommend this film to anyone who’s ever questioned where they’ve come from and what happened to make them who they are.”

– Cynthia McGrath

(★★★★★) “This hopeful film completely changed my perspective on my childhood and relationship with my parents. Before this film, I had not considered my time in utero, which I now understand to be a vital part of the human experience. Using examples from pop culture and movies, this film makes it clear that our time in utero is intertwined within our cultural consciousness. I walked away from this film with a deeper understanding of our interconnectedness as a species and a commitment to be more compassionate toward myself and others. This documentary is mandatory viewing for anyone who wants to ensure a better future for generations to come. Artfully constructed and beautifully scored, this film was both emotional and an urgent call to action. As someone who has had family affected by World War II, this film shed perspective on my family trauma and allowed me to empathize with my ancestry in ways I could not do before. Thanks to the director for giving us the insight to see ourselves with compassion and self-love!”

– Emily Zaczek

“A film that is going to be one of the first trend topics of the importance of prenatal experiences in our not-well-understood way to face the world and challenges in life… very much aligned to what Craneosacral therapy proposes too… hope to be spread all over the world, and not be the unique release on the matter but only the first of many. Congrats!!”

– Italo Torres

“At last we have a brilliantly made film – In Utero – to help shift consciousness. This film is a groundbreaker and seeing it produces strong reactions. With the help of the study guide created by the filmmakers and the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, this feature film will surely result in the kind of self-reflection and deep group discussion that can produce real, positive personal and social transformation. It is a ‘must-see’ experience. Yes, most of the experts in In Utero are older caucasian males. Yes, the film focuses on the problem, not the solution. That was required. Other films will follow, focusing on how to prevent and heal trauma in the womb, and how to create an optimal womb-life and pregnancy for every mother and baby. But first, let’s wake up to the problem that lies at the root of so much violence, oppression and unhappiness in this world. Bravo for In Utero and for its brilliant study guide!”

– Suzanne Arms, author of seven books on pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding, bonding and adoption. Her second book, Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Childbirth, was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times.

(★★★★★) “Excellent film providing insight to the core challenges we all face to our own healing and the healing of our planet, In depth information, top notch research and simply the best of the best professionals all meet up in this outstanding documentary. I highly recommend “In Utero” to anyone who is seeking to find themselves and a better understanding of others. Humanity’s deepest source of fear and anxiety has now been exposed and is ready for healing.”

– Cy, Amazon Reviews

(★★★★★)  “In Utero completely changes what we’ve been taught about who we are, by shedding light on a 9 month period of our lives that most of us have never thought about before. The environment in which a mother carries her child can have a profound impact on her baby – particularly if it is filled with stress and trauma and other negative emotions. This may seem like it puts a tremendous burden and blame on mothers – but actually, it shows that we are ALL responsible for the children of the next generation. It is up to us to create a society in which women (and their partners) are better supported – so that they can carry their children in a healthy, peaceful environment and, ultimately, raise them into good, kind adults. From here, we can change the world.”

– Marisa Keane, Amazon Reviews

(★★★★★) “Every single human on Mother Earth should watch this film. To understand that when somebody is pregnant, “everybody is pregnant” around her. The emotions, experiences, environment are a big impact on the mother and on that baby’s life right then and there, in the womb and will continue to be a huge impact on its (and others around him/her) whole life later on. All this starts at conception and implantation, continues throughout pregnancy and at birth and will accompany him/her throughout life. Be kind!”

– Levi Peto, Amazon Reviews

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