EXCLUSIVE: After exploring the economics of childbirth in their 2008 documentary The Business Of Being Born, director Abby Epstein and exec producer Ricki Lake are reteaming to take a similar a look at another health issue affecting women all over the world. Docu Sweetening The Pill, which just launched production, raises questions about the safety and long-term effects of hormonal birth control and is based on Holly Grigg-Spall’s upcoming 2015 book Sweetening The Pill Or How We Became Hooked On Hormonal Birth Control. The feature-length nonfic pic will take a look at the dangers of the Pill and alternative options available in the wake of recent civil lawsuits over oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin, as well as health complaints over the Nuvaring which have been shown to cause fatal blood clots in some women. “In the fifty years since its release, the birth control Pill has become synonymous with women’s liberation and has been thought of as some sort of miracle drug,” said Lake and Epstein. “But now it’s making women sick and so our goal with this film is to wake women up to the unexposed side effects of these powerful medications and the unforeseen consequences of repressing women’s natural cycles.” Sweetening The Pill could follow in the footsteps of Epstein and Lake’s Business Of Being Born which premiered at Tribeca and was released theatrically in 2008, followed by a Showtime broadcast debut. The docu’s success spawned the duo to write Your Best Birth, published by Hachette, as well as the 2011 follow-up DVD More Business Of Being Born. Producing partners Epstein and Lake also exec produced Dana Ben-Ari’s breastfeeding docu Breastmilk.
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