The United States is in a breast war. Guided by the media, breasts are often only seen in terms of sexiness, sickness, or succor. A fixation on breast shape and size has taken a clear toll—according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of breast augmentations performed on girls aged 13–18 increased 66% between 2000 and 2014. Advocates for healthy body image are also making their voices heard with grassroots body acceptance campaigns like “Free the Nipple” and Dove’s “Real Beauty.”
In this documentary film, nine bare-chested women talk about the female experience through the lens of the breast. Probing interviews uncover intensely personal stories of puberty, intimacy, motherhood, aging and breast cancer.
The Breast Archives raises questions and provides answers that are surprisingly universal yet deeply intimate. The film takes us ALL on a journey because when the women expose themselves, they expose and challenge all of us.
“Each excerpt made me think so much about my own life, my family, other women, friends…and what I wanted was — more! I felt like I was getting to know each of the women bit by bit in such a fascinating way!!! And through them getting to know myself better.” —Leslie Mason, Cinematographer