ROCKPORT — The world premiere of the locally produced documentary film “No One Told Me” about the postpartum experience is Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. The event is hosted by the Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition and filmmaker Zulilah Merry of Northport. The public is invited to this screening and to enjoy a conversation about this tender time in a woman’s life.

“No One Told Me” provides a raw and honest look at the postpartum period, a unique time in a woman’s life that is rarely captured in documentary film. Filmed right here in Maine, the documentary features a local mother from Searsmont and local midwife from Penobscot. The purely observational footage of incredibly intimate moments shows the highs and lows encountered by parents Elise and Marc as they adapt to life with a baby. Focusing on the new mother, the film shares the physical, hormonal and psychological changes she faces during the first 10 weeks of motherhood.

The screening is followed by a panel discussion about postpartum care with Elise, the mother in the film; Holly Arends Murphy, the midwife in the film; and filmmaker Zulilah Merry. The panel will be moderated by Kara Kaikini from the Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition.

“I made this film after becoming a mother in 2018 and being totally unprepared for how hard those first weeks and months of motherhood are. This film is a testament to the fact that as humans we have so much more in common than we think. We are not as alone as we feel,” Merry said. “If ‘No One Told Me’ inspires communities to support a new mother in ways that allow her to feel safe and loved and held — my work is done.”

Tickets are available online at and at the door starting at 5:3o p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 with the option of donating. Donations will support the Maine Breastfeeding Coalition and help Merry promote “No One Told Me” at upcoming film festivals (Los Angeles, Connecticut and Scotland so far). If you can not afford general admission, contact Merry at The hosts do not want you to miss this screening due to financial limitations.

Learn more about the film at