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Reduction (working title)

The female breast is a double-edged sword: it is both revered as a symbol of fertility and feminine beauty, and maligned as a root of immorality and depravity. Talking about breasts is similarly dichotomous — they are either oversexualized, or discussed through America’s breast cancer epidemic. But if breasts are viewed as either a sexual fantasy or a conversation of life and death, what about the in-between? What about a woman’s right to her body? What about her quality of life? Reduction is a feature-length documentary that sheds light on these issues by following a group of women with oversized breasts, exploring the challenges they face and understanding their motivations to undergo breast reduction surgery.

The women choosing breast reduction surgery are passionately motivated, despite the backlash that may come from society, insurance, family, friends, co-workers and the risk of the surgery itself. Their journeys take us through the societal systems that influence breast reductions, and unveil the extraordinary reality of breasts. This documentary shines a light on how women empower themselves to make their own choices concerning their breasts, and the impact these decisions have on their quality of life. By changing the narrative of the breast, Reduction aims to spark a change in how women and their breasts are viewed, and start a conversation that is well overdue.

  • Sarah Moshman
    Nevertheless, The Empowerment Project, Losing Sight of Shore
  • Kelley Bruggere
  • Alexandra Reinnoldt
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  • Genres:
    drama, education
  • Production Budget:
    230,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Sarah Moshman

Sarah Moshman is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and TEDx speaker whose work has been featured on Upworthy, Marie Claire, CNN, and Good Morning America. Recently Sarah has been all about breasts, as she has been breast-feeding her baby. She understands first hand how breasts change, almost everyday, and this inspires her desire and curiosity to explore the life and stories of women bearing the burden of oversized breasts.
Her first feature doc The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things (2014) has been screened over 700 times around the US and around the world in schools, groups, organizations and corporations starting conversations about gender equality. Sarah's second feature doc, Losing Sight of Shore (2017) follows the incredible journey of four women who rowed across the Pacific Ocean. NEVERTHELESS is Sarah’s third feature documentary which takes a look behind the headlines of #MeToo and Time’s Up to shine a light on the sexual harassment crisis and use the power of cinema for change.

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