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Made in Boise
84-minutes
Four women find purpose carrying babies for strangers in Boise, ID - the unofficial surrogacy capital of the United States - and encounter complexities along the way.
Screening days and times
  • Saturday: Block 4 – 2:45pm
  • Sunday: Block 1 – 9:00am

Made in Boise

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Running Time
Feature Film
84 minutes
Genres
Documentary

Made in Boise

In the idyllic city of Boise, nurses, nail technicians, and stay-at-home mothers are choosing to become paid surrogates for people from around the world. Made in Boise offers a rare glimpse into this mysterious world by intimately following the lives of four surrogates, as they build relationships with the intended parents, prepare for the rigors of pregnancy, and navigate the mixed feelings of their own families, who struggle to understand their choice to risk the physical and emotional complications of carrying babies for someone else. Legal in some states and illegal in others, a number of states, including Idaho, have no laws governing surrogacy on their books at all. As the number of surrogate births surge across the country, Boise has become an epicenter of the movement, with a large population of healthy women of reproductive age and a significant number of Mormon and Catholic communities who value large families. In this “City of Trees” with a population of a little over 200,000, it is estimated that one in 15 mothers will carry a baby for a stranger at some point in her life. For couples who struggle with infertility, for gay couples, and single men, this industry — outlawed in many countries around the world — is often the last resort to biological parenthood.

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Year(s) screened
  • 2019
Screening days and times
  • Saturday: Block 4 – 2:45pm
  • Sunday: Block 1 – 9:00am
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