Undo Motherhood Ep. 02 - Isolation

Diana Karklin

2022 | 6 minutes | Germany

Undo Motherhood explores the reasons why a significant number of women around the world today, in spite of loving their children, regret becoming mothers.


Undo Motherhood delves into the global phenomenon of women regretting motherhood. It exposes the impact of the patriarchal norms surrounding motherhood, highlighting the societal pressure on women to embrace this role, only to be left unsupported by fathers and society once they become mothers. Despite being dedicated and excellent by societal standards, these women grapple with the oppressive role of normative motherhood, often considering it a regrettable mistake that robs them of their existence.

This video is a multimedia version of the project UNDO MOTHERHOOD, published as a photo book in 2022 by Schilt Publishing (Amsterdam). Check out the book HERE.

Episode 01 – Exhaustion

Episode 02 – Isolation

Episode 03 – Resignation

Episode 04 – Acceptance


“The author dismantles the enumerated prejudices around the powerful conservative institution, dismantles conventional and prepackaged behaviors with a research that is ruthless and hard probing as it is beyond sincere. Her narrative manifests the controversial side and the discussed fact: it is as persuasive as the texture of velvet and as impactful as a ruinous fall onto concrete.” – Globalist

“The subjects in her images, although seemingly quiet and reflective, almost look as though they are screaming for help. You can see the desperation in some of their eyes, along with love, confusion, guilt, and every other emotion that undoubtedly comes from having and loving a child but realizing parenthood was probably the wrong decision. It's these complex emotions that Diana attempts to unpick, taking various perspectives from those she photographed and interviewed.” – Creative Boom

“Respectful, intimate imagery makes visible a continuum of ambivalence.” – J. Sybylla Smith, curator

Main credits

Karklin, Diana (filmmaker)

Other credits

Cinematography, Diana Karklin; editing, José Bautista.

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DIRECTOR: Diana Karklin


YEAR: 2022



COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adult



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