A lyrical, exhilarating and sometimes unsettling look at childbirth around the globe.
Every year 130 million babies are born. Their life chances are a lottery depending on where they are born. In Europe, six babies per 1000 will die before their first birthday. In Africa, it's 82. In America, 1 in 3 will grow up to be obese; in Cambodia, a child is more likely to become malnourished than go to high school. In Sierra Leone, one in eight mothers die in childbirth.
Through the stories of mothers and babies around the world, we look at how poverty affects childbirth - and everything beyond.
Award-winning director Brian Hill joined us for a post-screening Q&A.
Brian Hill has been responsible for some of the most excitingly inventive documentary making of the last decade. His fruitful creative partnership with Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage led to a BAFTA for innovative 'docu-musical' Feltham Sings (2002) and a Sundance nomination for Songbirds (2005). Hill's documentary and fiction interests came together in 2007 with his groundbreaking hybrid film Consent. Notable recent work has included 2010's Climate of Change and Confessions of an Undercover Cop (2011) a portrait of Britain's most controversial undercover police officer, Mark Kennedy.
This screening is part of Why Poverty?, a cross media event, online and on TV, using films to get people talking about poverty.