Posted Tuesday 14 Sep 2021
Back in 2019, Kathy McRae and Migiwa Ozawa released a short doco for Loading Docs called Water Baby. It documented how Japanese actress and freediver Sachiko Fukumoto and her partner William Trubridge (New Zealand’s world champion freediving legend) fought to have a birth that felt right to them. It has now been viewed by about eight million people globally and screened at international film festivals.
Now Kathy and Migawa are raising funds for the feature length sequel, called Pacific Mother, a documentary that explores the disconnection between the global default maternity system and the needs of families. In Pacific Mother, Sachiko travels from Japan to Hawaii, Tahiti, the Cook Islands and New Zealand to connect with strong ocean women, whose interwoven stories about birth and parenthood inspire a more traditional, connected way of life.
Image: Ioana Turia of Rarotonga, who features in Pacific Mother