"No Woman, No Cry" panel discussion

"No Woman, No Cry" panel discussion

A special panel discussion from the screening of "No Woman, No Cry." The panel included Director/Producer, Christy Turlington Burns, Darfur Now Writer/Director Ted Braun and Dr. Paula Tavrow from the UCLA School of Public Health, and was moderated by UCLA Law Adjunct Professor Julie Cantor.

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Duration: 55:33


In her gripping directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.

A panel discussion will follow the screening at 7:30 p.m. The panel will include Director/Producer, Christy Turlington Burns, Darfur Now Writer/Director Ted Braun and Dr. Paula Tavrow from the UCLA School of Public Health. The panel will be moderated by UCLA Law Adjunct Professor Julie Cantor. 

To learn more about the film visit http://everymothercounts.org/film.



With nearly thirty years at the forefront of the fashion industry, having graced every magazine cover from Vogue to Time, Christy Turlington Burns has established a diverse career as a model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate, and filmmaker. Philanthropy and service have long been a part of Christy's personal and professional mission to make a lasting impact on the world.  In 2005, Christy became an advocate for maternal health for both CARE and (RED). In 2010, she completed and debuted her documentary film, NO WOMAN, NO CRY, about the global state of maternal health, at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Mother's Day 2011. Concurrent with the debut of her documentary, Christy launched Every Mother Counts, an action and mobilization campaign designed to educate and support maternal, newborn and child health.   Christy currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and as an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors, Mother’s Day Every Day and the White Ribbon Alliance.  Christy graduated cum laude from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies where she earned a BA in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy. She is currently pursuing a MPH at Columbia University’s Mailman School in New York City, where she lives with her husband - filmmaker Edward Burns - and their two children.


Writer-director Ted Braun's critically acclaimed first feature film, Darfur Now, won the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of 2007 and was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review. The film was produced by the Academy Award winning producer of Crash, Cathy Schulman, Don Cheadle and Mark Jonathan Harris. Warner Independent Pictures distributed and financed the film, along with Participant Media which spearheaded a global social action campaign. For his work on Darfur Now, the International Documentary Association awarded him their 2007 Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. In addition, the Winter 2008 issue of Movie Maker Magazine named Braun, along with Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, Robert Redford and George Clooney, one of 25 filmmakers whose work has changed the world. He recently closed a deal with New Line Cinema to write and direct a theatrical feature about Lopez Lomong, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan who was a US Olympian at the 2008 Beijing Games. Braun taught screenwriting at Amherst College before joining the faculty at USC where he is an Associate Professor in Screenwriting at the School of Cinematic Arts.  He regularly lectures, conducts seminars and serves as a consultant in the U.S and around the world.


Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and also co-director of the Fibroid Treatment Program at UCLA, is a recognized authority in the specialty urogynecology and laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Christopher Tarnay returned to UCLA in 2005 to direct care in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Bringing expertise to UCLA after 5 years as Director of Urogynecology at an outside institution, the Department now provides a full spectrum of urogynecologic care to women experiencing bladder and pelvic floor problems. Dr. Tarnay specializes in both surgical and behavioral therapies with an emphasis on a compassionate and tailored approach to women’s health care. Dr. Tarnay has extensive experience and offers many options in the treatment of pelvic fistulas, urinary incontinence,  and pelvic organ prolapse including: Suburethral slings, urethral bulking therapy, and advanced vaginal reparative surgery with ability to incorporate the latest advances in minimally invasive surgery.


Paula Tavrow, PhD, MSc, MALD is the Director of UCLA’s Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Community Health Sciences Department at the UCLA School of Public Health. Her current research interests center on adolescent reproductive health, coerced sex and the quality of primary health care in East Africa. Prior to coming to UCLA in 2002, Dr. Tavrow was the Deputy Research Director for the USAID-funded global Quality Assurance Project (1997-2001). She oversaw eleven operations research projects to improve the quality of rural health services in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Dr. Tavrow also has served as a women’s health advisor and researcher at the University of Malawi's Centre for Social Research (1993-95), a USAID health officer who helped design Tanzania's National AIDS Control Program and National Family Planning Program (1987-90), a USAID assistant food for peace officer who assisted Ogadeni refugees in Somalia (1984-86), and a project evaluator for nutrition activities in the Bandundu region of Zaire (1984). She received her AB (magna cum laude) from Harvard-Radcliffe College, her MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and her MSc and PhD from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International RelationsUCLA LawPsychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, HARLEN, UCLA Health and Human Rights Law Project, UCLA Department of OB/GYN, USC School of Cinematic Arts, UC Global Health Institute Center of Expertise on Women's Health and Empowerment