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Our society tends to focus on the material and physical aspects of giving birth and much less on what it means to become a mother from an emotional and spiritual perspective. No One Told Me is a cinéma vérité style documentary about postpartum, inspired by the filmmaker's own experience of being utterly unprepared for what happens after giving birth. The film follows first time parents Elise and Marc as they welcome their baby into the world. Their day to day experiences reveal the underlying story of the deeply personal and vulnerable transition into motherhood.
Zulilah Merry (Director & Cinematographer) is a Dutch filmmaker based in Maine. She is the owner of Merry Film, a production company in the Netherlands that is specialised in documentary style corporate video. In 2013 she was selected for IDFAcademy with a personal project about having a father who struggles with bipolar disorder. She moved to Maine with her husband in 2015, where they own and run a small motel during the summer months. Her own experience as a first time mother inspired her current project No One Told Me, a film about postpartum.