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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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