When filmmaker Julia Kots chooses not to have kids and instead donates her frozen eggs, she sets out to document other childless women’s stories. Intertwining their deeply personal testimonies with her own journey, this partially-animated film provides an intimate look at the complex reasons leading more women to opt out of motherhood. By giving voice to those who candidly share their reasons for remaining childfree, Kots’s documentary seeks to explore this taboo yet rising trend that is contributing to declining birth rates across the developed world. The plunging birthrates impact society, from aging populations to immigration policy, making this an urgent issue of our times. The goal of the film is to destroy myths and foster compassion for women’s ownership over childbearing decisions.

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