Monday, February 17, 2014

"A Walk to Beautiful" PBS documentary explores obstetric fistula in Ethiopia

"A Walk to Beautiful" is an award-winning documentary that highlights a difficult journey that begins in hopelessness and shame for thousands of women in Ethiopia, but ends in a productive new life. 

The film tells the personal stories of rural women who make their way to Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, seeking treatment for obstetric fistula, a life-shattering complication of childbirth.

Filmed in a starkly beautiful landscape, the documentary juxtaposes the isolated lives of village women who are outcasts because of their medical condition, with the faraway hospital that offers a miracle after a long and arduous trek—a "walk to beautiful."

A transcript is available on the PBS we body for those unable to view or hear the documentary on YouTube.)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/a-walk-to-beautiful.html