You Will Give Birth in Pain

A revolution is underway. All over Europe, more and more women are denouncing gynecological abuse suffered during their pregnancy and childbirth. Traumas like non-consensual episiotomy, abdominal expression, caesarean section, suture of the perineum without anesthesia and sexist, misogynist remarks are experienced by a shocking number of women and leave lasting physical and psychological scars. At the heart of all this is a fundamental concept: the consent of women.

Director and activist, Ovidie has always been very committed to women’s rights and the injustices they experience. In this film, she collects the voices of the victims as well as those of midwives, gynecologists, activists and experts, in order to provide an analysis of the situation. She also questions history in order to understand the source of systemic violence often experienced during labour.


  • Year: 2019
  • Duration: 58
  • Production: Magneto Presse
  • Director: Ovidie
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France


  • Zagreb Human Rights Film Festival 2019 (Croatia)

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