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A pregnant woman is meant to radiate unconditional love for her unborn child but what if her feelings are more complex and dark? Post-natal depression is increasingly understood but in a society that portrays pregnancy as an uncomplicated journey of maternal joy, prenatal depression is a taboo, and frightening. Yet it can also make a mother stronger than ever. "Within The Water" is a short documentary film exploring the experiences of a number of women with prenatal depression and how the ritual of cold water swimming throughout pregnancy helped two women in particular regain control.


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Eleanor Church, Katharina Koall

Eleanor Church, Katharina Koall

ELEANOR CHURCH has been making short to medium length docs films/photo stories for nearly 20 years telling stories that focus on society, environment, women, human rights, migration and supply chains. X Trillion is her first feature. With a background in documentary, investigative and creative filmmaking, the projects that she has worked on have taken her across the world. This has shaped her as a person and as a filmmaker. 

KATHARINA KOALL is an award-winning illustrator and animator and holds the position of Dean at MetFilm School. As part of her London-based design collective she has worked for commercial clients, as well as cultural and community based organizations, including The Woodland Trust, RSA Films, Clarks and others. A regular contributor to The Loop — an educational magazine for children — her work has been published in the UK as well as abroad. Exhibitions and publications include Freistil, The Museum Of London, Late at Tate Britain, the London Transport Museum and others.