Film Screening: "A Healthy Baby Girl" with filmmaker Judith Helfand

Join us July 19, at 7 p.m., for a screening of A Healthy Baby Girl with its award-winning filmmaker, Judith Helfand! As part of the film series Linking Environment, Healing, and Creativity, filmmaker, activist, and educator Helfand will introduce the film and engage with the audience in a post-screening discussion. A Healthy Baby Girl is an intimate exploration of what happens when science, marketing, and corporate power enter our deepest family relationships. In 1963, the filmmaker’s mother was prescribed the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent miscarriage and ensure a healthy baby. Instead, DES compromised Helfand’s future and threatened their relationship in ways she never could have imagined. In 1990, at age twenty-five, Helfand was diagnosed with DES-related cervical cancer. After returning home to her family to heal from a radical hysterectomy, she picked up her camera. Her video diary, A Healthy Baby Girl, was shot over five years. It reaches beyond Helfand’s loss to document mother-daughter love, family renewal, survival, political awakening, and community activism.

Installation view of Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul

Installation view of Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul

This is the second in the documentary series Linking Environment, Healing, and Creativity being presented at NMWA in conjunction with Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul (on view through October 2, 2011). Swartz turned to painting in order to cope with her protracted battle with environmentally-bred illnesses. Known for her environmental activism and philanthropy, the artist creates work that promotes the protection of our planet’s scarce natural resources and the health of this generation.

The film series will also include The Last Mountain with speaker Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., (September 12) and will conclude with No Impact Man with speaker Eden Wurmfeld (October 2). Linking Environment, Healing, and Creativity and Susan Swartz: Seasons of the Soul will explore, through the arts of film and painting, people’s impact on the environment as well as its unforeseen impacts on us.

Please join us at the National Museum of Women in the Arts for the continuation of this amazing series on July 19 at 7 p.m.! The screening will last approximately two hours, and general admission is $5 (member, senior, and student admission is $4). Reservations are recommended, so please call 202-783-7370 or email For additional information, please visit