Two Films, Two Ways to Take Action This Mother's Day
Pathfinder is pleased to highlight two special film screenings focused on maternal health. The Edge of Joy and No Woman, No Cry, document the struggles and successes women face during pregnancy and delivery. And just in time for Mother's Day, both were recently featured on major television networks.
The Edge of Joy
On April 28th, The Edge of Joy, directed by Chicago-based filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, was featured in a special excerpt on PBS Newshour. Selected as part of The Economist Film Project, The Edge of Joy follows an ensemble cast of health care providers striving to improve maternal health in Nigeria. Inside a maternity ward, the film chronicles distressed labors and miraculous survival. Outside, lack of blood supply, transportation and family planning are examined as causes of the cycle that kills more than 36,000 Nigerian women a year.
No Woman, No Cry
On May 7th, No Woman, No Cry, directed by activist and model Christy Turlington Burns, debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The documentary shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a postabortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.
Pathfinder is thrilled to support both films and their moving portrayals of struggles that Pathfinder addresses every day through our projects. We hope, in honor of Mother's Day, that you will join us in watching the films and sharing your thoughts on Facebook , Twitter , or right here on our website. We will be sharing this feedback with the filmmakers and others to help spread the word about the importance of maternal health care.
Focus Area: Maternal & Newborn Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
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