Cydney Tucker and Lara Aqel | United States | 2021 | 6 mins

Rebyrth Synopsis 

Rebyrth is a film about an Atlanta-based Doula working to save the lives of Black mothers as they journey from their pregnancies into motherhood. The role of a doula is to act as a guide in each stage of childbirth, tethering mother and baby to the earth as they move together through space and time. It’s a connection that goes beyond the physical realm. The work of a doula is an ancestral and spiritual process that culminates with the world’s greatest gift — LIFE.

About the FIlmmaker

Cydney Tucker is a journalist and documentary director/producer currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has written, produced, and directed films for a variety of legacy and digital media organizations including CBS News, NBC News, Al Jazeera International, and RYOT.

Her latest projects include two films for The New York Times Presents’ Hulu/FX documentary series, and a short film, Rebyrth. Her work has been featured in several festivals including SXSW, New Orleans Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, and Idlewild Film Festival.

She was recently awarded a grant from the Sundance Institute and the International Documentary Association to support her latest project, House of Tulip.

More from the Filmmaker

To date, the United States has some of the highest rates of maternal morbidity and mortality in the world. And despite politicians, activists, and experts weighing in, the number is rising.

To date, Black women are 3x as likely to die from childbirth relateable illnesses as white women across the country. Now, Black and Indigenous women of color are taking up jobs as doulas and midwives to stop the deaths.

One doula in Atlanta, Georgia, a state with some of the highest deaths, is looking to do just that.

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