"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
SAN FRANCISCO–Attend the hometown feature debut of HOW TO HAVE AN AMERICAN BABY, directed by Leslie Tai. Tai, who grew up in San Francisco, brings her film to the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival on June 3, 2023.
HOW TO HAVE AN AMERICAN BABY is a kaleidoscopic voyage into the booming shadow economy catering to pregnant Chinese tourists who travel to Southern California on “birthing vacations”—in order to obtain U.S. citizenship for their babies. Told through a series of intimately observed storylines and situations, we meet expectant mothers, maternity hotel operators and operator wannabes, local doctors and civic officials, birth tourism agents in China, and the nannies, cooks, and chauffeurs that fuel this industry. Inside bedrooms, delivery rooms, and private family meetings, the story of a hidden global economy emerges—depicting the fortunes and tragedies that befall the ordinary people caught in the web of its influence.
HOW TO HAVE AN AMERICAN BABY, Directed by Leslie Tai
WEST COAST PREMIERE
Centerpiece Film at the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 4:30-6:30 pm (screening followed by a Q&A)
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Ticket sales open to the public on May 10: https://sfdocfest2023.eventive.org/films/6407965c515d5900a080b12c
This project is supported by a California Documentary Project Grant.