The award winning feature-length documentary A Walk to Beautiful produced by Engel Entertainment, tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries and embark on a journey to reclaim their lost dignity. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. They make the choice to take the long and arduous journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in search of a cure and a new life. (Read more...)
A Walk to Beautiful was shown on PBS Nova on May 13, 2008. (Read more...)
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Read LA Times review of A Walk to Beautiful
Read the NY Times article "Alone and Ashamed" By Nicholas D. Kristof in May 16, 2003, that prompted Steve Engel of Engel Entertainment "to do something about this."
Read "They Think They’ve Been Cursed by God" By Nicholas D. Kristof in Feb 25, 2007.
Take this quiz of TwoWorlds to see how women in rich and poor countries face very different realities when it comes to childbearing and maternal health.
A Walk to Beautiful - Program Overview and Discussion Guide and Teacher's Guide (pdf)
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Second Chances | Two Worlds
Preview | A Walk to Beautiful Production Notes | Movie Trailer
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A Walk to Beautiful Program Participants including the Karin, Founder of Grace Village, Sister Ruth Kennedy, Wubete and Yenenesh.
A strikingly beautiful, petite girl of 17, Wubete’s sorrows began during her motherless
childhood. Her father married her off at age 10, but stubborn and longing to go to
school, she ran back home. Her father beat her, but the cycle of running away from
forced marriages and enduring beatings continued until she got pregnant by her fourth
husband. She was 15 years old and too small to delivery a baby safely. Wubete’s
fistula is closed surgically but by her third visit to the Fistula Hospital, her injuries have
proven so severe, she still suffers from incontinence. She finds hope in a medical device that helps her lead a productive life.Today she is mother to four adopted children at Grace Village in northern Ethiopia.
Read update on Wubete's story(May 2008).
Latest about Wubete on May 2010.
Left motherless and given away to two husbands by the time she was 10, Yenenesh
became incontinent as a result of her first pregnancy at the age of 12. Moving to the
nearest town from her village with the hope of finding a cure for her condition, she
found work as a domestic aid for a family. The feisty quintessential teenager (she’s
about 17), she makes her hopeful journey to the hospital. When she finds out that she
does not have a fistula but leaks as a result of nerve damage, she becomes
inconsolable, thinking that a full treatment is elusive. Today, Yenenesh has joined her
friend Wubete up in Grace Village, in northern Ethiopia, to work as a “house mother”
for AIDS and war orphans.
Special Thanks to:
Engel Entertainment | PBS | Fistula Foundation