Your Children and You (2 DVDs)
3 hrs. 5 mins.
Post war, the COI was tasked to make a series of films on what was then good parenting to meet the challenges of Britain’s ‘baby boom’. These covered the topics of pregnancy, birth, parenting, childhood, child development, child psychology and school days. Sometimes funny, sometimes stern and at other times gloriously patronising, they are compulsive viewing.
Full description from the producer:
The BFI continues its celebrated series of releases from the COI archive with this double-disc collection of films made by the UK government about childhood and children. From post-war films made to promote healthy eating, good schooling and getting your baby to sleep, through to a 1980s documentary on artificial insemination, Your Children and You is a fascinating look at the social history of Britain and our ever-evolving attitudes to children and child-rearing. This collection also includes rare films from the Wellcome Trust archive on the themes of childbirth and motherhood. Three of the films feature newly recorded scores.
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