Blessed Fruit of The Womb
(27 min) Guatemala/USA
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Sunday 10/27, 1:30 PM (Session 31)

Directors: Charlene Music, Peter Jordan, Mike Seely
Producer: Charlene Music


Undeterred by the power of the church, corrupt politics and a male-dominated culture where these brave women have even been threatened with lynching, Evelyn and Ester, two indigenous Guatemalans, courageously travel the mountains and valleys of their native country on a quest to provide family-planning education and access to birth control methods to the local women. It is a fight for reproductive rights and freedom in a country with the highest fertility rate in Latin America, staggering poverty, and a population in which one out of every two children under age five suffer from chronic malnutrition (the fourth highest rate in the world).


Charlene Music studied photography and film at Harvard University. Her work in India, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the USA has won numerous international prizes including awards from the National Academy of Television, the University Film and Video Association, the Caucus Foundation and Kodak. Her film Danza del Viejo Inmigrante, a documentary about the challenges facing elderly Latino immigrants in the US, won the Best Documentary Award at Big Sky and Angelus Film Festivals. Charlene received her MFA in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University. She has been the DP for documentaries like Perfect Strangers, about altruistic kidney donation, and Telling my Story, about incarcerated women. She has also partnered with Facebook, Pinterest, and Quora to tell their stories. In 2012, she was a cinematographer for President Obama on his re-election campaign. Music has most recently partnered with the Wikimedia Foundation to document a grassroots movement by South African township students to get free access to Wikipedia on cell phones for every person in the world

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