Ten Leaves Dilated

A documentary that uses the make-believe world crafted by Cabbage Patch Kids

to examine discourses surrounding childbirth and motherhood in the American South.

About the Film

 Ten Leaves Dilated is a documentary that uses the make-believe world crafted by Cabbage Patch Kids to examine discourses surrounding childbirth in the South. A household name in the 80s and 90s, Cabbage Patch Kids are plush dolls that are said to be born out of a head of cabbage. The headquarters, located in Cleveland, Georgia, offers an experience where children can watch their dolls being born through a simulated medical birth where store employees dressed as nurses act out birthing a babydoll from a cabbage patch. The film uses audio interviews of mothers, doulas, and birth professionals alongside a visual exploration of cabbage birthing myths and fairytales throughout history in order to investigate the modern-day cabbage patch fairy tale and its connection to the lack of candid discussion about birthing in our society.

Behind the Film

 Kate E. Hinshaw (Director)

Kate E. Hinshaw is a tactile filmmaker, cinematographer, and founder of Analog Cookbook. As a filmmaker, she is particularly interested in how tactile filmmaking techniques may be used to bring forth stories that are not always easy to tell. Her work has screened at Atlanta Film Festival, Indie Gris, Denver Film festival, and across several small venues across the Southeast. She received an MFA from University of Colorado-Boulder in May 2020 and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Ebony Blanding  (Co-Director)

Ebony Blanding (b. Atlanta, GA. 1985) is a writer/director based in Atlanta whose work seeks to radically depict worlds through the Black female experience and perspective. Through narrative, experimental and documentary film, Blanding meditates on Black folks living in the south and mythical figures that live within the yoke of physical and spiritual worlds.