BOY OR GIRL
Israel TV
Producer/Director/Writer: Mira Hamermesh
 
  Commissioned by Israel T.V., the film deals with the gender politics of the birth of a new citizen. It focuses on a young couple, each from a different ethnic background, and whose romance began while serving in the army. It's a true suspense story, as we follow the seven months' pregnant Miri until the delivery of her baby. The question, 'son or daughter?', hangs in the air. The film ends with a rather beautiful sequence of the birth of the new citizen, and the triumphant father who beams the proud news into the telephone: 'It's a boy!'  
 
 

This film made history in showing for the first time a scene of a birth.

It explores sex preferences as expressed within the family and society, with particular emphasis on: 1)demographic, 2) economic, and 3) security concerns. Without exception the bias leans strongly towards preference of a male. Only the demands of the labour force and biological reproductive issues call for the birth of a female citizen.

While researching the film, Israel being a country of universal military conscription, discussions organised between male and female recruits proved stormy. Many of the young women claimed the right to share in the duties of the battlefield.

 
1978
53 Mins
16mm