NAFF 2010 | My Toxic Baby

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My Toxic Baby

Canada, 2009, 46 min

DIR: Min Sook Lee

This is not a film about Momzillas. This is a film that reveals the toxicity in our lives, even the toxicity that we sometimes unknowingly expose babies to. Award-winning director Min Sook Lee gave birth to My Toxic Baby after becoming aware of the chemicals and harmful substances that are in the products her baby uses. And if you are a Momzilla, you may have nightmares after watching this.

For future parents, those who hope to become pregnant or people who already have children, this film will be exceptionally eye-opening. The harmful substances and materials which corporations deem to be “safe” and “tested” may not always be the best option for babies. After watching this film, you may become paranoid about the livelihood and well-being of your children, your loved ones, and yourself.

But My Toxic Baby does more than just teach us to be cautious consumers and how to raise babies in a more pure environment, it also teaches us to be green while doing it. For instance, the film covers the practice of “Elimination Communication” (basically potty training an infant). While this might be a new concept for most, the practice is much older than diaper use, which is only prevalent in North America; in some cultures, babies in diapers means lazy parents. Considering that the average baby consumes over 6,000 diapers before he/she is toilet-trained and the fact that diapers spend 400 years in landfills before they decompose, why aren’t people using Elimination Communication?

Don’t worry, this isn’t a green-washing film. And you are getting more than just the director’s point of view; there are also interviews with several other mothers and families talking about how they choose to raise their babies.

While not highly entertaining, My Toxic Baby will be enjoyable to people who are interested in learning, and the subject matter is highly applicable to daily living.

Preceded by The Golden Pin and 30 Day Promise.

Screening Date: Sunday, May 30, 1:00 pm

Schema Magazine’s coverage of NAFF 2010 is sponsored by the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival

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