The 9th annual Family of Woman Film Festival will feature Christy Turlington Burns as the focus for its Filmmaker Retrospective on Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at The Community Library in Ketchum.
Christy Turlington Burns is a mother, social entrepreneur, model and founder of Every Mother Counts. Having endured a childbirth complication herself, Turlington Burns was compelled to direct and produce the documentary, “No Woman, No Cry” about maternal health challenges that impact the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. As a result of her global advocacy work she was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014, Glamour Magazine’s Woman of The Year in 2013, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative Minds in 2013.
“No Woman, No Cry” was first shown as a special event presented by The Family of Woman Film Festival in 2011 at the Sun Valley Opera House. The film is a gripping documentary, telling the personal stories of pregnant women in four countries as they seek safe childbirth. Each year, for hundreds of thousands of women around the world, pregnancy is a death sentence. Nearly all maternal deaths and disabilities can be prevented.
“Girls, women and mothers have the natural capacity to be compassionate and caring of others,” said Turlington Burns. “When we harness this natural ability collectively, there is no limit to what is possible.”