Saturday, October 23 marks the UK launch of the film, No Woman No Cry, directed by Christy Turlington Burns, at the London Film Festival. Also, starting on Saturday, you’ll be able to watch the film online at www.brightwide.com. The film tells the stories of at-risk pregnant women in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States.
The film is directed by model, mother and activist Christy Turlington Burns and tackles the most primary of topics: maternal health. Complications following the birth of her child inspired the supermodel to find out more about the experiences of motherhood around the world and in this fascinating film she discovers that a woman dies every minute due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth – with 90% of these deaths being preventable. In her directorial debut, Turlington Burns shares the emotionally powerful stories of four at-risk pregnant women, each on different continents.
The event at the London Film Festival includes an introduction by Sarah Brown, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and a panel to discuss the state of maternal health in the developing and developed world, which includes Anthony Costello, Brigid McConville, Mabel van Oranje and Christy Turlington Burns and will be moderated by Livia Firth.
Watch the trailer now and be sure to check out the full film this weekend.