A Walk to Beautiful (2008)



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This documentary follows the inspiring stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. Instead they make the long and arduous journey to Fistula Hospital in Addis Abba where they reclaim their lost dignity. The trials they endure--and their attempts to rebuild their lives--tell a universal story of hope, courage, and transformation.
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Critic Reviews for A Walk to Beautiful

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Will leave you speechless two times over -- first with despair, then with joy.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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The filmmakers' restraint is admirable in this era of overheated editorializing.

February 20, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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A complex and quietly devastating indictment of chauvinist societies that see women as lovers, mothers and servants, and treat anyone who canâ(TM)t fulfill those roles as a nonperson.

February 8, 2008
New York Times
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Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher feel no need to overlay this health-care calamity with pious outrage.

February 5, 2008
Village Voice
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If pic's B.O. potential seems slight, the same can't be said of the film's impact on awareness of Africa, altruism and the lifelong misery caused by reparable medical conditions in areas where the closest road can mean a three-day hike.

Full Review… | January 7, 2008
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A powerful, resonant, cautionary tale.

Full Review… | December 31, 2009
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for A Walk to Beautiful


Moving and informative. Not outstanding in cinematography or presentation, but important in sharing facts about a tragedy that needs attention so more can be helped and cured. What is being done by the doctors at the Fistula Hospital in Addis Abba is truly beautiful. As with most documentaries dealing with such complex issues, however, there is MUCH more to be said about the cure. Getting pregnant women to hospitals is not the only solution. Many of these women would have delivered just fine at home with the assistance of competent midwives--IF they had actually been WOMEN instead of underdeveloped GIRLS. Hopefully this information will also spawn education efforts that will bring about changes in how young daughters are "married off" in such cultures as well as addressing nutritional needs of children. As this documentary shows, the girls who have been blessed with a second chance because of this hospital may well play a large role in the hope for future generations.

Rebekah S
Rebekah S

Heartbreaking yet hopeful. One never realizes how lucky they are until they see what others go through... and this film really shows what it's like for these women. Congrats to those that run the hospitals and donate their time and energy into such a great purpose.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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wow. I had no idea that this was a problem, and in such large numbers. Makes me very thankful to live here. This is something that hardly anyone knows about but everyone should become aware of.

Becky Johnson
Becky Johnson

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