The Edge of Joy

"The Edge of Joy" Trailer




GHI needs your help! The University of Chicago’s submission Preventing Hemorrhage Saving Lives: Tapping the Power of Narrative” has been selected as one of 77 finalists from over 600 submissions to compete in the final stage of the Saving Lives at Birth Program. Standing by our mission to support the lifelong health of women, girls, families, and communities, we developed a tool to address the high rates of maternal mortality in Nigeria based on the documentary “The Edge of Joy” by filmmaker Dawn Shapiro.  Preventing Hemorrhage Saving Lives: Tapping the Power of Narrative is our multimedia proposal which uses technology to tell the stories of women who have experienced postpartum hemorrhage.  The captivating digital stories will empower rural communities to learn about and access an inexpensive lifesaving intervention called misoprostol. Learn more about our project here.

On July 27 and 28, Mellisa Gillam, MD, MPH, Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and PediatricsChief, Section of Family Planning and our collaborator in Nigeria, Dosu Ojengbede, Professor will be representing the University of Chicago in Washington, D.C., but we need your help!  Please vote for our project here to help us win the People’s Choice Award.  With a few easy steps, you can register to vote online.  Make sure that you vote for Preventing Hemorrhage Saving Lives: Tapping the Power of Narrative listed next to University of Chicago today!  The deadline is July 27th, 5:00 p.m. EST.


Congratulations to Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, director and producer of "The Edge of Joy," for being awarded the 2011 Nafis Sadik Award for Courage for her film by the Rotarian Action Group for Population & Sustainable Development, part of Rotary International. The award will be presented at the FACETS CINÉMATHÈQUE in Chicago during the theatrical release of the film on Monday, July 25, 2011. A discussion with the director will take place after the screening.


“The Edge of Joy” was selected by The Economist Film Project as one of four films from over 600 submissions to air on PBS NewsHour on April 28, 2011. View the segment from PBS NewsHour online here. 

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