Manel Muntaner
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Nadó shows us the ins and outs of childbirth. The mother, the father and the doctors, are all ready for the event. The camera takes note of every detail and we are able to observe the reactions of both mother and father to their new situation.

Carme is lying stretched on the hospital bed, and Santi is conveniently dressed in hospital clothing. They are at the last stage of the journey of maternity. The doctor examines Carme and checks the dilation in order to ascertain the exact moment for her to start giving birth. The childbirth takes place amidst a calm atmosphere, jokes are exchanged and both parents are clearly curious about what is about to happen. A continuous sound (like that of a heart beating) encloses the situation, which we experience through the video in a very personal context. The moment arrives at which we see the head of the baby and we manage a close-up of the act of a new being coming to life. The mother, with the baby already in her arms, tries to understand what is happening, looking closely at a baby who, at birth, weighed exactly four kilos.

The mother tells us that she wanted the whole process of giving birth to be filmed because she wanted to be able to look again at this moment, which she has lived with such intensity. She wants to look closely at all the details from different points of view.

Nadó is a work of proximity, a direct and open work, in which everything is laid bare and becomes something absolutely human.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Nadó
  • Direction: Manel Muntaner
  • Production: S. Arisa - C. Dalmau. Germinal Video. 1982.
  • Duration: 00:31:15
  • Languages: Catalan
  • Original format: U-Matic
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright