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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The Oldest Mother on the Block

The Oldest Mother on the Block is a 58 minute documentary by filmmaker Cat Ashworth. The cinematography is by Virginia Orzel. The film explores the fastest growing age group of woman having babies: those over 35. For some, the magical process of sperm meeting egg does not take place between the sheets but in a petri dish. These women decide to push back the biological clocks by using eggs donated by younger women. The film focuses on the personal stories of these older moms who are changing the face of motherhood. Through their stories of fertilization, pregnancy and birth, we witness their enormous strength and the ethical issues that these new, older moms face. If time permits, I would also like to show my children's book which I illustrated and have an accompanying DVD which animates the book. To Catch the Sun is about a young boys journey and struggle to find truth and happiness for his very distraught sister.

Presenters: Katherine Ashworth (Faculty)
Virginia Orzel (Faculty)
Topic: Communication
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)