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MERYL STREEP / SHOUT GLADI GLADI PRESS RELEASE


 

MERYL STREEP JOINS ADAM FRIEDMAN’S DOCUMENTARY “SHOUT GLADI GLADI”

STREEP NARRATES FEATURE FOCUSED ON WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AND HEALTH IN AFRICA

 

NEW YORK (February 26, 2015) – The feature documentary, “SHOUT GLADI GLADI,” co-directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy, focuses on women’s health in Africa with a particular emphasis on fistula, a common, debilitating condition that turns once healthy women into outcasts.  Academy-Award winning actress Meryl Streep will lend her voice to narrate the film. The documentary is being made in collaboration with The Freedom From Fistula Foundation, an organization run by Scottish businesswoman, philanthropist, and activist, Ann Gloag. Friedman and Kennedy document Gloag’s experiences working with incredible women in Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra Leone to help them find hope and transcend their horrendous circumstances. The film also features rare appearances by Melinda Gates and Nobel Peace laureate Wole Soyinka.  Friedman will produce the documentary through his company, Vertical Ascent, and Gloag will executive produce.

 

“SHOUT GLADI GLADI” documents the efforts of Gloag and her foundation as they work with some of the world’s most vulnerable women in poverty stricken villages in Africa.  The foundation works to eradicate fistula by improving access to good maternity care, as well as training doctors and midwives, and providing free medical care at their facilities.  In addition to providing health services the foundation is focused on empowering women economically and socially. The foundation has partnered with Opportunity Bank in Malawi to provide newly cured women a BBOXX, a small generator powered by a solar panel which allows the women to earn a fee for charging cell-phones (up to five at a time). This creates a business opportunity for the women who are often rejected by the men in their village after suffering from fistula, allowing them to become masters of their own destiny. “SHOUT GLADI GLADI” is a story about hope for a unique group of women and the extraordinary people who are helping them have a brighter future. 

 

“Filming Shout was an extraordinary experience, my wife and I were stopped at Gunpoint in Malawi and were one of the last film crews shooting in Sierra Leone as the Ebola plague descended.  But throughout the wonderful people of Africa and the amazing work that Ann’s groups were doing inspired us to keep on keeping on,” noted Adam Friedman

 

“'This powerful film attests to the igniting power of one woman, Ann Gloag, to set in motion hundreds of helping hands, doctors , nurses, caregivers, family and friends, to resuscitate the health and status of victims of fistula, and to give them back their lives.” noted Meryl Streep

 

FISTULA FACTS 


 

·         1 woman every 2 seconds is seriously injured or disabled giving birth

·         An estimated 2 million women in Africa live with obstetric fistula

·         It is estimated that another 100,000 develop the condition every year

·         More than 500,000 women die each year during pregnancy or childbirth,

mostly in developing nations

·         80% of these deaths are completely avoidable

·         Sierra Leone has just 71 doctors and 112 midwives for a population of six

million

·         In 2005, 8 million women around the world experienced life-threatening

complications during pregnancy and childbirth

·         The 5th Millennium Development Goal is to cut maternal deaths by three-

quarters by 2015