Before I Met You
2016 - 67' - Slovak (Available subtitles: English, Italian, German)
It is supposed to be the happiest day of a woman’s life. In Slovakian maternity wards, however, the joy of motherhood can quickly turn into a nightmare. In their isolation, women face strict routines, loneliness and different forms of violence.
The documentary 'Before I Met You' provides an intimate look at what goes on behind the closed doors of delivery rooms, where nobody but mothers-to-be are allowed to enter.
Here the miracle of birth is nothing more than a routine chore and everyone, including midwives and doctors, must submit to absurd rules made decades ago. Instead of trusting their intuition during the most natural process of human life, mothers must obey the medical staff and follow the out-of-date procedures with no regard to their own feelings.
The voices of women who dare to speak up complement the film’s images captured during delivery in a public hospital. Situational interviews with staff members uncover the dark side of the healthcare system that prefers routine and medication to humanity.
What does it feel like to bring a new life into the world under these conditions? Before I Met You will answer this question.
Zuzana LímováZuzana Límová (1984, Slovakia) graduated in journalism at the Commenius University in Bratislava. As an independent journalist and global education consultant she has cooperated with media, cultural platforms and NGOs all over the world. Joining an international multimedia project East4South run by Deutsche Welle in 2012 she
discovered her passion for moving pictures and few years later applied
for the ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television and New Media in Bolzano, Italy. In 2016 she graduated in directing.
Selina BeckerSelina Becker (1981, Germany) graduated in Social Science and Asian/African Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. During her studies and travels in Asia she got interested in photography and documentary film- ing. In 2009 she joined the camera class of the self-organized school Fil- marche Berlin, where she realised several films mainly as a cinematographer, but also as a director. Besides she worked as a camera and light assistant. In 2016 she graduated in cinematography at the Zelig School for Documentary Film and New Media in Bolzano, Italy.
Morgana TinebraMorgana Tinebra (1993, Italy) graduated in languages from the Liceo Clas- sico Linguistico "Giosuè Carducci" in the same town. From 2010 to 2014 she attended a cinema workshop Effetto Notte. With other members of the work- shop she realised different short films, worked as a script supervisor and sound recordist on a local independent film called Strings. In 2016 she got her specialization in editing at the ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television and New Media in Bolzano, Italy.
Country of production: Italy
Original Format: 1080p Full HD
Screening Format: DVD, Digital
Aspect ratio: 1,85:1
Running time: 67'
Subtitles available: Italian / English / German
Director: Zuzana Límová
Cinematographer: Selina Becker
Editor: Morgana Tinebra
Soundrecordist: Denisa Uherová, Samuel Štefanec