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AMERICA, 2036. BREAST MILK IS THE KNOWN CAUSE OF A DEADLY EPIDEMIC, AND A REBELLIOUS TEEN GIRL IS ABOUT TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE.
Sasha is beautiful and tough. When she’s not at school battling bullies, she spends her days hanging out with friends and challenging authority in standard hormone-fueled fashion.
But Sasha’s world is anything but standard; it’s an alternate world of the future where breast milk has become unfit for human consumption and is strictly regulated by the militaristic medical arm of the government that mandates surgical breast removal for every teenage girl.
Until now, Sasha’s main concerns in life have been her friends and school, but now boys find her ample cup-size revolting and her friendships are dissolving before her eyes.
Suddenly she’s facing a bigger, sharper problem that cuts deeper than teen angst and could alter more than just flesh.
Can comfort be gained at the edge of a surgeon’s knife, or should Sasha choose a whole-bodied future? In a state that grants only the illusion of freedom, does she even have a choice?
In the dark world of No Milk notions of beauty are subverted, nature is suppressed and science rules.
I love the wonder of unhindered thoughts and dreams. They offer us a chance to experience moments and witness visions we don’t ordinarily have the opportunity to experience or witness. I allow these visions, in concert with elements of day-to-day life, to inspire my work.
Growing up in Coney Island/Brighton Beach as an only child I was embraced by a rich, complex culture with deep roots. I began my artistic journey as painter and later found my voice in filmmaking. My first film, Dame Factory Inc., is an award winning experimental short; it taught me to trust and believe in my vision.
No Milk explores a future society where peoples’ will to stay true to human instincts has ceased to exist. In this future vanity and superficiality are rewarded but in a way that is very different than we know today. It is a story of young woman who’s conflicted between keeping her body whole and obliging authority.
The initial idea for No Milk came to me in a dream. I woke up feeling so uneasy.What if this was our world? What if what makes a woman desirable was subverted? This was something I knew instantly I wanted to expand on in a surreal narrative film. It’s as much as an exploration for me as it is for the viewer and it’s a collaboration that I’m excited to bring to your attention; I invite you to join me in giving life to this story for everyone to experience.
- Melanie Abramov
Producer: Lauren Simpson
Director: Melanie Abramov