THE FILMS: 2016
Every Mother Counts: Obstetric Fistula
- LUNAFEST is the first film festival to screen Every Mother Counts: Obstetric Fistula
Part of the Every Mother Counts educational campaign, this documentary on Obstetric Fistula looks at one of the most common and heartbreaking morbidities resulting from poor maternal health care. Interviews conducted in Bangladesh and Tanzania shed light on this deadly yet preventable birth complication that impacts between 50,000-100,000 women each year. By focusing on real women’s stories, Every Mother Counts seeks to create a mainstream maternal health movement that improves the lives and well being of mothers worldwide.
FILMMAKER: Christy Turlington Burns
Christy Turlington Burns has established a diverse career as a model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate and now filmmaker. In 2008, inspired by her work with the international humanitarian organization CARE, she embarked on a documentary film project focusing on maternal health worldwide. Her directorial debut, “No Woman, No Cry,” shares powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world. Concurrent with its release, Christy launched Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for this important issue. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.