September 24


IN UTERO Documentary Explores Epigenetics & Unconscious Memories

By heheals

September 24, 2020

IN UTERO is a documentary examining the connection between the state of the world and prenatal life. Filmmakers Stephen and Kathleen Gyllenhaal share a trailer for the film and explain epigenetics while discussing the impact of “unconscious” memories. The Gyllenhaals also break down pro life vs pro choice, fetal development and reveal their own struggles with conception on this episode of Antidote hosted by Michael Parker.

IN UTERO – Through enlightening and oftentimes poignant interviews with experts and pioneers, IN UTERO paints a complex tapestry of the human experience from conception to birth. Tapping into cultural myths, popular movies, and technological trends, the film demonstrates how our experiences in utero preoccupy us throughout our lives.
Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal is the writer/director of a diverse body of award-winning dramas and documentaries, including Beauty Mark, a social documentary exploring America’s obsession with body image, perfection and success, and Sita, a Girl from Jambu, an ethnographic drama about child sex trafficking in Nepal. Kathleen taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder, then Vassar College, where she obtained tenure. From there, she transitioned to Hollywood, co-producing the feature film Grassroots. Kathleen wrote and directed the award-winning Lychee Thieves, an Academy Award qualifying live-action short. She currently develops dramatic content for television.
Stephen Gyllenhaal (producer) is a film and television director, writer and producer. His directing credits include Paris Trout, for which he received a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials, as well as the theatrical films, Waterland, A Dangerous Woman, Losing Isaiah and Homegrown. In 2012, he received a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television for Girl Fight. He co-wrote and directed the indie film Grassroots, which made its theatrical debut in Summer 2012, and he recently directed the indie film So B. He currently directs the Peabody award-winning dramatic series Rectify for the Sundance Channel and Billions for Showtime. His producing credits include the TV movies Living with the Dead, The Patron Saint of Liars, and A Shattered Mind.

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Antidote Highlights Playlist:

00:01 Welcoming Stephen Gyllenhaal & Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal to Antidote.
01:01 Epigenetics.
03:40 Birth and emotional development.
05:25 Pain & the development of a fetal brain.
07:17 “Unconscious” definition & unconscious memories.
08:18 Neuron development & behavioral epigenetics.
09:03 IN UTERO Trailer.
11:06 The opening of the film and the reaction of the fetus.
13:16 Emotional responses and the impact of sound.
15:12 A “feeling organism”, development order & denial.
20:38 Access, knowledge and take aways from the film.
21:12 The decision to have a child.
23:15 Pro life vs pro choice.
27:18 Birth stories and themes.
32:33 Projects about human connection.
36:11 Thank you and goodbye.



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  1. That was a nice presentation/interview. I’m intending to point out that the reason for all these information have been hidden or not in main stream, because, it’s just the way the world is organised. For instance, the population whether it middle class or working class or surprisingly even most, yes most wealthy/rich as long as they are not in ruling class, are driven to produce thing for the real ruling class. That leaves the population to live in certain condition which is kind of unhealthy and mentally adopt to certain things only. I have a lot more to say but I can’t fit everything in one comment. But you’re getting the point.

  2. In Utero is the third and final studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 21, 1993, by DGC Records. Nirvana intended for the record to diverge significantly from the polished, refined production of its previous album, Nevermind (1991). Early in 1992, Cobain told Rolling Stone that he was sure that In Utero would showcase "both of the extremes" of its sound, saying "it'll be more raw with some songs and more candy pop on some of the others. It won't be as one-dimensional [as Nevermind]".[2]

  3. This is very true, you think the fetuss would not remember, but it does come out later in your life. My biological mother was severly depressed and abused abanded pregnant with two toddlers. I've asked family members and I now realize were my sever depession, anxity and suicidal thoughts came from. It's very terrifing. I pray that I can help my own daughter.

  4. Thank you for this interview. I have been working with parents and children with autism spectrum disorders. As a craniosacral therapist/depth psychology dream translation/educator, one of my first experiences with craniosacral with the mothers is the trauma carried in their pelvis; the second most common experiences are and have been with children getting back into their birth through body memory. It became clear this transgenerational trauma was being passed onto the children. The work is to continue clearing, accepting and moving through this with lots of self compassion and willingness to heal. I have a couple of archetypal dream translation certifications, too, and it was very pleasing to see this couple acknowledge some of the source material for the imagery of the unspoken, and consciously unknown material that is affecting us. I missed the early showings of the documentary and hope to see the full film soon. Where and when can that happen???

  5. Nothing realy new actualy, As basic law of nature is. Environment directs form and function. Form and function are directly related to each other. Actually gene are nothing else then protein producing parts, doing their job and producing it according to the demands of the circumstances. This was allready discoverred in the 1950's and describedby doctor Erich Blechschmidt. He described whole prenatal development , step by step through the circumstances from conception to the end of the first eight weeks. Nevertheless this is absolutely a beautiful documentary int the context of the latest findings and current research.

  6. Ground breaking material. One of the popular netflix shows that illustrated epigenetic imprinting, especially towards the end of it's season 1 was Sense8. So in that, we do see that culturally we are attempting to develop a mass based literacy on genetic trauma or imprinting if you will. Hopeful, isn't it.

  7. Excellent, excellent interview. It was worth every minute of watching! And, the documentary, In Utero is one that everyone needs to see. We are in a time of cultural upheaval, what I like to think of as a "break down to break through". This film gives us the science to begin looking at our lives, our capabilities and our connections differently. It gives us a way to open very important conversations we should all be having. Thank your for the film, thank you for the interview!!

  8. Say there's tremendous pressure on the pregnant mother to abort and she tries various "home remedies" to achieve an abortion yet the baby is born, anyway. After arrival, that baby is neglected and starved in hopes that it will die yet it manages to stay alive, somehow. During childhood that same kid is violently punished by both parents and constantly told that it was never wanted. No investment in the child's future is made by either parent and the kid is basically left to fend for itself without any preparation for adult life. Can all of those "memories" set up a lifetime of "bad luck", deprivation and abuse at the hands of others due to epigenetic influences? I think so. I'm walking proof.

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