Documentary Screening: Edge of Joy Event

The Edge of Joy

Tuesday 18th November, 6-8pm, Law Lecture Theatre One

This documentary film follows an ensemble cast of Nigerian doctors, midwives and families to the frontline of maternal care.

Inside a maternity ward, the film chronicles distressed labours, deaths, and miraculous survival. Outside, lack of blood supply transportation and family planning are examined as causes of the cycle that kills more than 36,000 Nigerian women each year.

The central characters in the film are the people deep within the Nigerian culture who know its misconceptions, its limitations, but also its capabilities. Narrated by award winning journalist Eliza Griswold, and featuring animation by Yoni Goodman, this portrait of pregnancy and childbirth shows the consequences of poor maternal health as it explores the nuances and complexities of bringing emerging health technologies to the developing world.

The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring expert panelists:

If you would like further information on the event, please contact Dr Sheelagh McGuinness at

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