Ten Leaves Dilated
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.
To continue the conversation, Analog Cookbook is seeking submissions for a new zine to accompany the film. Currently seeking birth stories, written pieces, and artwork from parents, doulas, midwives, educators, etc. The scope of submissions is open to interpretation, with the goal of the zine being to create more transparent conversations around the realities of giving birth in the United States and in the South in particular, amplifying grassroot efforts that advocate for safer birth outcomes, and showcasing a wide range of birthing experiences.
Funds raised from zine sales will be donated to grassroot organizations that address systemic issues around childbirth.
Send submissions, pitches, and questions to hello[at]analogcookbook.com.