THE Newcastle-produced documentary The Face of Birth will screen across the globe on March 8 as part of Women’s Day celebrations.
More than 26 screenings will take place in overseas cinemas marking the film’s international debut.
There will be five screenings in locations in the US as well as premieres in Ireland, Germany, Croatia, Canada and Bulgaria.
Newcastle will be one of the first cities to show the film, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.
Newcastle-based cinematographer and co-director Gavin Banks said it made sense that the film had been picked up globally.
‘‘The film is about choice for women in childbirth – the message is women need to be supported and respected,’’ Banks said.
‘‘Women are not always being respected and that’s a global issue. That’s why it’s resonating with women around the world.’’
The movie has already been translated into 10 languages – including Croatian, Slovakian, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
Three years in the making, it filmed childbirth experts in London and Australia, and told the real-life stories of indigenous women in Alice Springs.
Australian actress and mother Noni Hazlehurst also shared her home birth experiences in the documentary and has been a strong advocate for the film.
‘‘The perception is that only strong women have home births, which I find exceptional because I think all women are strong,’’ she said.
Banks believes the movie-length documentary gives vital information for anyone considering giving birth in Australia today.
The Newcastle International Women’s Day screening will be on Friday, March 8, from 6.30pm at Tower Cinemas in King Street.