The Spirits Of The Water

The Spirits Of The Water

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Time :   15mins

Director:  Emanuela Zuccalà

Programme Day/Date : Saturday 15th December from 12:45

Language/ Subtitles:  English

Country : Italy

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Synopsis : 

Sierra Leone, a small African nation set between Guinea and Liberia, is the country where more women die while giving birth. According to the World Health Organization, in 100,000 live births, 1,360 mothers lose their lives due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. The highest rate in the world. The southern district of Bonthe is a very poor and forgotten area. Here, electricity has not arrived yet and, with the exception of a few dirt trails that are difficult to access, there are no roads. People and goods move along the tangle of rivers that flow into the Gulf of Guinea, and the main hospital is located on an island. If a pregnant woman has a complicated labor, is bleeding or experiences a sudden increase in blood pressure, she may have to wait hours before being brought to a hospital. Both her own and her child’s life are at risk.


Emanuela Zuccalà is an internationally awarded journalist, writer and filmmaker experienced in women’s issues and human rights. Her works have been published, among others, by Corriere della Sera and Repubblica in Italy, El Paìs in Spain, Worldcrunch in France, Mail & Guardian in South Africa, Verdensmagasinet X in Norway.