Voice Choice Change: The Lives of Midwives
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Tuesday, January 14th, 2019
Doors 6 pm | Screening and Panel 7pm
“Voice Choice Change: The Lives of Midwives”
Four Midwives. Two Countries. One Passion.
Voice, Choice, Change: The Lives of Midwives, is a United National Population Fund (UNFPA) funded documentary produced by the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM). The beautifully filmed 30-minute documentary offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of four midwives - two in South Sudan and two in Canada - as they navigate through a diverse array of personal and professional challenges, from coping with non-existent financial and medical resources that support their profession, to the ongoing lack of respect regarding their midwifery practices.
Two of the midwives featured, Dora Kunda and Scovia Nalumu, are National United Nations Volunteers (NUNV) based in South Sudan, who struggle to save the lives of women and babies in the nation with the highest rate of maternal and infant death. Nalumu, discusses the resilience of South Sudanese midwives, revealing her personal determination to save a young mother's life once by donating her own blood. In Canada, we spend time with Jenn Nguyen and Susanna Ku as they follow young families with difficult birth processes while speaking about advocacy, empowerment and shedding light on the realities of working in a profession that few people understand. At times intense, riveting and emotionally raw, Voice. Choice. Change. explores the deep-rooted relationships midwives have to their profession, their clients, to other women and to their communities.
In 2016, The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM), in partnership with UNFPA, set out to document the daily lives of four midwives - two in South Sudan and two in Canada. The idea behind the film was for audiences to understand the benefits of midwifery and the common challenges faced by midwives around the world.
“People think midwifery is a profession divorced from science” explains Canadian midwife Susana Ku, who is featured in the film.
We invite attendees to join in our intimate cross-disciplinary Q&A discussion after the film which will feature guests within maternal health.
The Park Theatre
698 Osborne Street
Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2B9