28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Kata's Motherhood
Kata's Motherhood
Kata's Motherhood
Kata's Motherhood
Kata's Motherhood

Kata's Motherhood

director: Santwana Bayaskar
original title: Kata's Motherhood
country: Hungary, Belgium, Portugal, India
year: 2023
running time: 22 min.


Can someone become a mother without giving birth to a child? Twenty-nine-year-old filmmaker Santwana, who is not yet ready to become a mother, and forty-five-year-old doula Kata, who, though childless herself, helps many couples bring their children into the world, are searching for the answer to this question together. This highly intimate documentary empathetically introduces us to the most beautiful and vulnerable moments of life surrounding childbirth.

“You know Khalil Gibran? Do you remember what he says about children? Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” — Kata


Santwana Bayaskar is an Indian filmmaker who studied documentary directing at DocNomads mobile film school. After five years of undergraduate studies in business, she studied film sound at the Film and Television Institute of India. Her evolution embodies the transition from a curious small-town girl to a seasoned storyteller exploring the depths of human experience, especially in the realm of womanhood.

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director: Santwana Bayaskar
producer: Erika Winkler
script: Santwana Bayaskar
photography: Santwana Bayaskar
editing: Santwana Bayaskar
sound: Santwana Bayaskar
sound design: Devraj Bhaumik
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