28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Crotch Stories
Crotch Stories
Crotch Stories
Crotch Stories

Crotch Stories

director: Myleine Guiard-Schmid
original title: Histoires d'entrejambres
country: Belgium, France
year: 2021
running time: 35 min.


Can childbirth be a pleasant physical experience? The filmmaker listens to the stories of midwives, doulas, and women who have already given birth, and reflects on childbirth as an intimate yet highly political topic. She processes her experience of pregnancy and the strength of her own body in a self-reflective monologue with a dose of exaggeration and humor. The film consists of documentary footage and physical performances of the protagonists, which are transformed into colorful animations reminiscent of French modernist paintings. This opens up important issues of bodily integrity, the right to pleasure, and the freedom to make decisions about one's own body.

“Pleasure produces distension and an absence of fear and lets you open up.”


Myleine Guiard-Schmid lives in France. After several years of self-study, she studied cinematography at the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel and film animation at Atelier Graphoui in Brussels. She is interested in documentary film and intersectional feminism. Crotch Stories (2021) is her film debut.

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director: Myleine Guiard-Schmid
producer: Lucie Fichot, Ellen Meiresonne
script: Myleine Guiard-Schmid
photography: Simon Filliot
editing: Sébastien Demeffe
music: Sika Gblondoumé
sound: Cyril Mossé
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