A Walk to Beautiful 2007

A Walk to Beautiful is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Mary Olive Smith and field director Amy Bucher about the mistreatment of mothers who suffer from childbirth injuries in Ethiopia. In 2007, the film premiered and was chosen by the International Documentary Association as the best feature documentary film of the year. The following year, the film was given theatrical release in the United States.

Plot: A Walk to Beautiful gives the stories of five women in Ethiopia who are ostracised by their family and villages due to their having suffered from obstetric fistula, a serious medical condition caused by severe or failed childbirth under conditions of inadequate health care. These women lived with the sense of loneliness and shame due to others’ mistreatment of them and rejections in social interactions. Subsequently, they had to take a long and exhausting journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital so they could receive the medical treatment that is not available in their villages. Arriving at the hospital, the women were given free treatment, which helped them end their sufferings and gain hope in their lives.
Nominations and awards:
A Walk to Beautiful was named by the International Documentary Association as the Best Feature documentary film of the year. The film also received the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award and Interfaith Award for Best Documentary at the 16th Annual AT&T St. Louis International Film Festival.
At the international Denver Film Festival, the film was given People’s Choice Award for best documentary.

Watch A Walk to Beautiful 2007 Trailer