The model and activist Christy Turlington Burns will attend a screening of her documentary, No Woman, No Cry, about the global state of maternal health, at the University of Miami's Bill Cosford Cinema on Nov. 9 at 4 p.m., an event sponsored by Miami Law and Planned Parenthood Global, among other organizations.
Turlington, the founder of Every Mother Counts, an advocacy campaign that aims to reduce maternal mortality around the world, will take part in a panel discussion after the screening. Donna E. Shalala, the President of the University of Miami, will deliver opening remarks. Other panelists set to appear are Dr. Linda Valencia, Planned Parenthood Global's Senior Program Officer for Guatemala, and Jennie Joseph, Executive Director of The Birth Place/Commonsense Childbirth Inc., both of whom are featured in the film. They will be joined by Dee Redwine, Latin America Regional Director for Planned Parenthood Global, and Professor Zanita E. Fenton of Miami Law.
No Woman, No Cry, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2010, takes an unflinching look at pregnancy and poverty around the world, from a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania to the slums of Bangladesh to a post-abortion ward in Guatemala to a prenatal clinic in the United States.
The screening and panel discussion are being sponsored also by the University of Miami School of Communication, UM Ethics Programs, Medical Students for Choice, Every Mother Counts, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and the Student Organization for Human Rights.
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Christy Turlington Burns. (Photo: Provided to Miami Law)