A Walk to Beautiful

53 minutes 8.8/10 based on 26 votes

A Walk to Beautiful is an award-winning feature documentary about five Ethiopian women reclaiming their dignity. Rejected by their husbands, having undergone horrifying childbirths, and alone, these women go on a walk and find true beauty.

The women suffer from obstetric fistula, a condition where a hole develops in the birth canal after a difficult labor, usually causing the baby to be stillborn but the woman also become incontinent, leaking fecal matter and urine uncontrollably. In the depths of Africa, these women have few options for a cure and are usually abandoned by their husbands and their fellow community. Many of these women decide to walk slowly, painfully, and united to Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. The documentary starts in the villages of Ethiopia before hitting the road on this quest.

In Ethiopia, a full 1/3 of women who experience any sort of complication during childbirth die. The other 2/3 usually wish they had died, as well. This documentary still manages to be both cinematic and uplifting – despite the crushing subject matter and many obstacles along the way.

To learn more how you can help, watch the following informative video on obstetric fistula.

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  • Roy

    A stirring and powerful story about the real trials of women in Africa bereft of the self important crowing of western feminists which tends to pollute this and other related topic.

    • Bruce

      Brilliant documentary on how a simple medical procedure can transform lives, and how the lack of basic medical care can devestate lives.

      Roy, you make me want to cut my penis off and join the feminist movement

  • scott

    The doctors, nurses and staff at the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa are providing miracles. Thank you for shedding light on this issue. A very powerful and moving documentary.

  • Nancy Bernhardt

    Thank-you so much for posting this documentary. I am moved to tears. :)
    NancyB

  • Gila

    Very powerful and moving: thank you for showing this!

  • Zharko

    heartbroking story!

  • sujay

    Unbelievable, thanks for sharing, what can i do to help?

  • Ami

    I had the honor of meeting Dr Hamlin three years ago and seeing the hospital. What an amazing women! I felt like I was meeting an angel.

  • Chef Smilee

    As women, we are stronger than we know! No matter how hard life is we fight to make good in the world. We have sorrow, pain, abuse, and we still push through even if we don’t believe! It is the faith in God that things has to get better. Suicide will only prevent you from seeing a better day. I desire to one day be of service to many in the world who is looking for guidance and happiness. My trials are real and deep, not a day goes by where I am not thinking of my mission destined for me. I will make a difference, I will be great, and I will create greatness. I will never give up, I may fall, but I will always push toward the mountain of enlightenment….Peace and Blessings to you all….Smilee

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