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MIPCOM Picks 2010: No Woman No Cry

Most of us think of Christy Turlington (now Turlington-Burns) as the photogenic face that's graced scores of fashion magazines over the past couple of decades. But a personal experience - a complication that occurred shortly after childbirth - prompted the model to find out more about at-risk pregnant women.
October 21, 2010


Most of us think of Christy Turlington (now Turlington-Burns) as the photogenic face that’s graced scores of fashion magazines over the past couple of decades. But a personal experience – a complication that occurred shortly after childbirth – prompted the model to find out more about at-risk pregnant women. She was shocked to learn that more than 500,000 women die from childbirth each year and that an overwhelming majority of those deaths are preventable. This film, her directorial debut, sees Turlington-Burns span the globe to arrive at some answers; she visits a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States. The message of the film is also her new philanthropic rallying cry: ‘Every mother counts.’
Partners: Turly Films; distributed through Cargo Film & Releasing
Length: 60 minutes
Premiered: Tribeca, 2010
Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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