A new documentary is set to explore the silence around infertility in black communities.
11 years in the making, When Babies Don’t Come, is the work of film and documentary maker Molatelo Mainetje.
Mainetje found out she would be unable to conceive naturally in 2006.
Mainetje and Sne Khawula, who has also experienced infertility struggles, joined Azania in studio.
I had an ectopic pregnancy, I lost one tube many years earlier, that was in 1999, but then throughout the years I knew I had one tube left, but it was blocked and by the time I realised it was as good as not there. I lost both my tubes and the only way for me to fall pregnant was through IVF.— Molatelo Mainetje, filmmaker
We never spoke, not even with my own mother. They could all see what was going on but the day they saw the film, they said to me we did not realise that is what you were going through. I am glad the making of this film allowed me that space to sit with my family and speak to them about this whole thing.— Molatelo Mainetje, filmmaker
In 2015, I was having bad period pains and finally went to the gynecologist and he found that I had fibroids. In 2017 I had an ectopic pregnancy that basically damaged my left fallopian tube, so that one had to be removed.— Sne Khawula
It was very tough because you have to explain and they don't get it, and they are like its just a child, you can do other things but I am like no, it is my womanhood, it's me, that is who I am questioning now.— Sne Khawula
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