Villanova students focus cameras on changing healthcare for Ethiopian women

Ian Bush
April 23, 2019 - 4:00 am
This week brings the premiere of a short film Villanova University students have been working on since September.

Courtesy of Sarah Davis

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week brings the premiere of a short film Villanova University students have been working on since September. It took them to the Horn of Africa, where they found desperate conditions for expectant moms in need of health care.

"They only have one operating room, one overhead light for the table, one ambulance that's supposed to cover 100,000 people," said senior Sarah Davis, who spent two weeks in Ethiopia with her crew as part of a social justice documentary class. 

"We're looking at the obstacles to safe surgery and the access that's lacking, especially for women in rural Ethiopia," she said.

This week brings the premiere of a short film Villanova University students have been working on since September.
Courtesy of Sarah Davis

Distance to care can be an obstacle. But so can cost and the culture. 

"The man makes most of the decisions in the house. If he doesn't want the woman to go to a hospital, then she's not allowed to go. Because traditionally, it's been seen as the place where one goes to die," Davis explained. 

Their 20-minute film is called "Carrying Tomorrow." Its tag line: where a woman lives should not determine if she lives.

"They just wanted to share their story. They wanted to let more women know about the hospitals, and the hope that more people can see this," Davis added. 

It premieres Friday at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Tickets are available here.