Documentary film about Obstetric Fistula, which debilitates 50,000 to 100,000 women per year in the world's poorest countries. Zap Mama lead Marie Daulne, filmmaker Lisa Russell, and renowned surgeon Leo Lagasse will discuss the film.
UCLA Live's Education Program & Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health, UCLA School of Public Health are pleased to present Love, Labor, Loss.
Africanist faculty member Paula Tavrow hosts a Q & A after the screening with:
Paula Tavrow is the Director of the Bixby Program, UCLA School of Public Health
LOVE, LABOR, LOSS - Directed by international health specialist, Lisa Russell, and co-produced with communications specialist, Carrie Svingen. This 15-minute film profiles women in Niger, West Africa, living with obstetric fistula--a relatively unknown but prevalent childbearing injury that has physically and socially debilitated over 2 million women in the developing world. Named by the United Nations in 2005 as one of the "Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About", obstetric fistula is both preventable and curable. However, lack of awareness and funding is keeping women from getting the help they need.
LEO D. LAGASSE is a nationally renowned leader and surgeon in the treatment of gynecologic cancers. He is an expert in all gynecologic cancers and specializes in uterine preservation and proactive management for recurrent ovarian cancer. Dr. Lagasse is an attending physician at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is a professor emeritus in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. In addition, he is the Founder and Medical Director of Medicine for Humanity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of women's health worldwide.
LISA RUSSELL is an independent documentary filmmaker whose background in international humanitarian work helps draw inspiration for her films about the health and well-being of our global society. Residing in Brooklyn, NY, Lisa has produced and directed films on AIDS activism in Africa, access to life-saving AIDS medications in Brazil, environmental degradation in Ghana and refugee resettlement in post-9/11 America. Lisa's films are commonly tied into campaigns that integrate elements of social change - through fundraising, mass media or legislative action. For more information, please
visit www.thewomantour.com <http://www.thewomantour.com>.
MARIE DAULNE was born in the Congo but left at the age of 3 when war and strife uprooted her family. Now living in Europe, Marie has become a strong advocate for women in Africa and pays homage to her African roots via her "vocal phenomenon" and has been able to share her philosophy about global citizenship and the strength and empowerment of women. Her latest album,
Ancestry in Progress (Luaka Bop/V2 Records) features prominent U.S. artists including Erykah Badu, Common, and Talib Kweli, amongst others.
After this program, relax, grab a sandwich and then enjoy the melodious,soulful, joyous sounds of Zap Mama in concert at Royce Hall at 8 PM. For more info, visit http://www.uclalive.org/
Date: Friday, September 23, 2005
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Dean's Conference Room (CHS 16-059)
UCLA School of Public Health Bldg.
650 Charles E. Young Drive S.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8 - check at the parking kiosk on Westwood.
UCLA Live's Education Program Tel: 310-206-1144
Sponsor(s): UCLA Live's Education Program and the Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health, UCLA School of Public Health.