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A documentary that uses the make-believe world crafted by Cabbage Patch Kids to examine discourses surrounding childbirth in the American South.
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.
2021 | USA | 14 minutes
Directors: Kate E. Hinshaw, Ebony Blanding
Writer: Kate E. Hinshaw
Producer: Kate E. Hinshaw
Cinematographer: Kate E. Hinshaw
Editor: Kate E. Hinshaw
Cast: Lauren Holt, Joan Hinshaw, Katie Minyard, Andrea Blanton, Ceylan Odunkesenler, Claudia Schwabe, Lindsey VanAlstyne
Accessibility: Closed Captioning Available, No Audio Description Available