Shout Gladi Gladi
Shout Gladi Gladi
Shout Gladi Gladi
Item#: SGG-1104
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Running Time: 79 minutes
Grades 12- Adult
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
A Film by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy


“(A) thorough, powerfully straightforward documentary... looks at both the dire situation and efforts to change it."
– New York Times

"Very highly recommended for senior high and above... a disturbingly informative documentary...but there is a hopeful uplifting story of courage and compassion."
– Science Books and Films (AAAS)

"A straightforward documentary that aims to raise consciousness in the developed world about a serious and treatable health problem affecting many impoverished African women."
–San Francisco Chronicle

"Important and eminently worthy...The poor victims are often young girls who have been brutally raped or women giving birth without the benefit of a cesarean section. It’s the shining eyes and miraculous survivors’ spirit of the women you will remember: Their joy is unquenchable and the comradeship they share truly inspiring."
–Film Journal International

“An inspiring documentary that takes a subject that might be painful or uncomfortable for some and turns it into an uplifting celebration of the human spirit.”
- Cinema365




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Narrated by Academy Award® winning actress Meryl Streep

Shout Gladi Gladi chronicles the maternal health care crisis in Africa, and the heroic efforts to rescue African women from a medical condition during childbirth that can turn them into reviled outcasts -- if they survive.

About 2 million women and girls in Africa and parts of Asia are living with obstetric fistula, and many die from it every year. Those that survive are incontinent and shunned in their villages.

Filmed in Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone, Shout Gladi Gladi presents the womens' stirring struggles, and profiles the quest of Ann Gloag, a former nurse, who drives a movement to save these vulnerable women from this preventable and treatable condition.

The root causes of fistula are grinding poverty and the low status of women and girls, especially in developing countries. The condition was once prevalent in the U.S. and Europe, but was nearly eliminated by the early 20th century with improved maternal care.

Gloag works to eradicate fistula by bringing proper maternal care and outreach programs to the poorest slums and most rural villages in Africa. More than simply repairing their health, Gloag’s efforts also empower these women to determine their own futures.

When the women are cured and ready to return to their homes, they join in a singing and dancing celebration called Gladi Gladi. No longer outcasts, they raise their voices in triumph.

Shout Gladi Gladi illustrates how improving the health of women is fundamental to a strong and successful nation, especially in developing countries.


Melinda Gates - cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Wole Soyinka - the first African to receive the Nobel Prize for literature

Hawa Hawatouri - founder of the Haikal Institute in Sierra Leone

Dr. Jeffrey P. Wilkinson - the Senior Surgical Consultant of the Freedom From Fistula