Edge of Joy

Here is an excerpt from the documentary film The Edge of Joy by filmmaker Dawn Shapiro. The film, which examines maternal mortality in Nigeria, was selected by the Economist Film Project to be aired on PBS. The particular focus of the film is Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital in the Kano region of Nigeria. It’s apparently one of the busiest maternity centers in all of West Africa. But, as the documentary shows, it’s still woefully unprepared for many of the basics in providing comprehensive care for women in labor.

The original film is 47 minutes, but has been edited down to 7 for the purposes of sharing it on PBS. Check out the PBS version above or visit The Edge of Joy website to watch a trailer.


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