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  • Actors: A Walk To Beautiful - NOVA
  • Directors: Mary Olive Smith, Amy Bucher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019N5A8Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A difficult journey that begins in loneliness and shame for thousands of Ethiopian women ends in a productive new life and hope for the future in this award-winning film. Shot against a starkly beautiful landscape, A Walk to Beautiful shares the inspiring stories of three women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of treatment for obstetric fistula. Once common in the pre-industrial United States, this life-shattering complication of childbirth is now relegated to the poorest regions of the world. In Ethiopia alone, there are an estimated 100,000 women suffering from untreated fistulas.

In a courageous attempt to reclaim their lives, these women embark on a journey to a remarkable hospital, walking for hours to the nearest road; searching for public transportation to the capital, Addis Ababa. Finally, surrounded by women like themselves and a compassionate medical team of Western and African doctors who treat them with respect, they find a haven that they never imagined, transforming their long and arduous trek into a "walk to beautiful."

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This documentary tells the quiet, humble stories of several such afflicted women--really, little girls---who find help at a special hospital in Addis Ababa.
Erica Bell
Gives me a feeling of great hope and thankfulness to know that good work like this is taking place in the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erica Bell on June 10, 2010
You are a poor girl in the Ethiopian countryside. Your body is stunted and slight from too much physical labor done at too young an age. At nine years old, your father marries you off to a man four times as old as you.

You are only 4 1/2 feet tall.

At age fourteen, you go into labor with your first child. Hours turn into days, then into a week. The baby is ramming against your tiny lower pelvis, trapping your flesh between its head and your bones. Cut off from its blood supply, that tissue begins to die. Days later, an obstructed birth has killed your child, and you have entered the hell that is an untreated obstetric fistula--a birth injury that leaves you unable to control your bladder, bowels, or both.

Your husband rejects you. Your parents don't want to see your face. Welcome to the death-in-life that is your existence. You've joined a sisterhood of hundereds of thousands in Ethiopia alone, and yet you think you are a sorority of one.

In a wealthy country, the operation that corrects a fistula is routine (a dear friend of mine had it done in an hour under a spinal block). In Africa and the Muslim world, you are hopelessly cut off from a gentle hand and help. Shame is your only friend. This documentary tells the quiet, humble stories of several such afflicted women--really, little girls---who find help at a special hospital in Addis Ababa.

We just don't have a CLUE how hard life is for women in most of the world. This small, quiet film gives us just a glimpse, but what a glimpse it is. "You don't have to be a woman to understand a woman's problems" says the surgeon who does thirty operations a week.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Pinder on May 20, 2008
I saw this film originally on T.V. May 13 on Nova. The stories of the affected women made me cry. What a horrible existence they had been left to, until they were able to get to the special hospital. I also cried for them tears of joy when they were "cured" of their injuries. This was a heartwrenching film, one every woman/mother should see. We are so lucky to live where we do and have access to such great health care. I would like to purchase this DVD when it is released because I would like many of my friends and family to see it and help with donations to this cause.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2009
This is a tough review for me to write. After watching this, I am so moved that I'm not sure what to write in this review. This film is an incredibly powerful, emotional experience and it educated me about a serious health issue I never knew existed. I can't begin to express just how badly I felt for women afflicted with obstetric fistula, a type of childbirth injury that, according to the people interviewed in this film, occurs most often in poor, rural areas of developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Arab world. I watched with anticipation and genuine anxiety the trials of five women in this documentary; they all had to endure obstetric fistula for years and they became outcasts in their communities because the members of their communities were disgusted by the smells and the symptoms of fistula. Women with fistula are unable their urges to go to the bathroom. To make matters worse for these women, they honestly didn't realize there were other women like them and they thought there was nowhere to go for treatment. They often heard of a hospital merely by luck when word-of-mouth reached them in their area hundreds of miles away from the only hospital helping women with fistula. This documentary, however, highlights the very real possibility of a woman's being cured of fistula using surgical methods to correct the problem; and to see the joyful expressions on their faces and the lovely clothes they were given when they were leaving the hospital to start their new lives after they were cured was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda on March 18, 2010
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A Walk to Beautiful exposes the hardships, persecutions and suffering faced by women in nations where there is no access to experienced birth attendants. Fistulas occur when the birth is extremely difficult, the baby generally dies and the mother's birth canal goes through significant damage that results in leaking of bladder and/or fecal matter through the vaginal canal. People in the young women's communities literally throw these women to the wolves or allow them to live on the outer edges of the community in isolation. When women do hear about the option of having a fistula repaired, they travel for days to get to these amazing hospitals in order to be cured. Fistulas are also the result of girls who are barely women giving birth when their bodies are not mature. Imagine having your life "over" by 14. We can all support fistula hospitals such as HEAL Africa and give these women back their lives. Please watch this powerful video.
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