This Female Director Explores a Taboo Subject: Breasts

Meagan Murphy had worked as a journalist and director for more than a decade when she stumbled upon her next big subject on a trip to Egypt. While not unusual for tourists to be wowed by the majesty and grandeur of the pyramids, Murphy found herself marveling at something else: the towering, topless figures of the goddesses.

“I became inspired by the idea that women’s breasts contain an ancient wisdom,” says Murphy.

She began working on The Breast Archives, a new documentary that explores nine women’s personal stories. From the shame and awkwardness of puberty to the changes and wisdom of adulthood, they show that women’s experiences come in all shapes and sizes.

“Each of us shares a similar path from our girlhood into an awaiting culture that happens to frame the breasts as exclusively sexual,” says Murphy. “For many of us, this is a journey that’s bumpy, contradictory, even dangerous. Yet other memories from our adolescent corridors are exhilarating, surprising, and often hilarious.”

“One of the best things about this documentary project has been discovering that our breasts are a treasure trove of stories.”
We spoke to Murphy in advance of the March 10, 2018, premier of The Breast Archives at the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival in New York City.

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The Breast Archives will be presented at the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival on March 10, 2018, at 5:45pm, at The Village East Cinema in New York City. Tickets can be purchased here.

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