Madam Bwa has never been trained, but she’s delivered over 12,000 babies. She works on filthy floors and in crowded slums, while her mothers-to-be eat dirt to survive. From Ethiopia to Cambodia to Haiti, across the Third World, life lies in fragile hands. In this beautiful documentary, the difficulties of childbirth are laid bare and the strategies to improve maternal health and mortality rates are explored with an affecting clarity. An intimate portrait of a global crisis.
Afghan-American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi follows her father home to Afghanistan to battle one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Dr. Qudrat Mojadidi is an OB/GYN who was forced by political pressures to emigrate from Afghanistan to the U.S. in 1972. In 2003, nearly two years after the Taliban’s fall, he is invited by the U.S. government to help rehabilitate the largest women’s hospital in the country. He returns to his homeland with great hopes that he can help set in motion the large-scale changes necessary to stem the country’s epidemic of maternal mortality. Continue reading