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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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