As Thanksgiving approaches, we are (hopefully) reminded of what we are thankful for. This year, one of the things that I’m not only thankful for, but also grateful for, is the emergence of a documentary highlighting infertility.
It is not easy to expose yourself for the world to scrutinize, especially when the content involves something so very personal in nature. The more simple path for the film makers would have been to not put in the hours of filming, to keep their painful experiences to themselves, and to be safe in the knowledge that they wouldn’t be judged for the decisions they made and the way they behaved.
One More Shot: A Film About Making Modern Families, is a documentary produced by an infertile couple, Maya and Noah. They take their audience through their journey in real time. We get an inside look into their doctor visits, procedures, follow up phone calls with treatment and pregnancy test results, and more. We even get to laugh along with Maya as she attempts “alternative” ways of giving herself the best chance of becoming pregnant.
I found myself laughing, crying, and relating to what this couple has been through. However, it is a film that touches a part of everyone, regardless of fertility status. Maya and Noah do a fabulous job of explaining what infertility is, and what the procedures involve, so it is also an excellent learning tool for those who are supporting a loved one.
One of the things I was most taken by was the vulnerability that the couple showed on screen. Infertility can often feel shameful, to the point that those who are going through it feel safer keeping it private. They don’t want friends, family, and co-workers to see them at their worst.
This film eloquently displayed the raw and difficult emotions that people who are going through infertility experience. I am always grateful for those who are willing to put themselves in a vulnerable position so that others will not feel alone.
One More Shot can be purchased on iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, and Amazon. More information about the film can be found at www.onemoreshotfilm.com