Film Festival

Immerse yourself in gripping stories that look at some of the most urgent challenges the world faces. Meet and have a discussion with some of the filmmakers and producers of these documentaries on May 11, 2014 at the CUGH Conference.

Films start at 6:30 pm on Sunday, May 11.


1. Short Docs from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Outstanding short documentaries on global challenges from the world famous Pulitzer Center will be featured. For a glimpse of Pulitzer films, click here.


2. No Woman, No Cry

In her directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women from around the world. Inspired by her own experience, Christy suffered a serious complication just after delivering her first child; the documentary film reveals four stories from a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States. For more information:


3. A Doctor of My Own

Sub-Saharan Africa carries 24% of the world’s burden of disease, but only 3% of the world’s healthcare workforce. To cope with this dire shortage of health care workers, African countries have started to build new medical schools. By some estimates, about 100 new medical schools may open in Sub-Saharan Africa within the next decade. These new schools present great opportunities for capacitating the African heath worker force but they also face daunting challenges in resources and sustainability. Will they succeed?

A DOCTOR OF MY OWN explores the emerging stories of students at the newly opened University of Namibia School of Medicine in Windhoek. Fresh out of anatomy and organic chemistry classes, the first batch of third year medical students will trek to rural villages and encounter patients who have never before met a doctor – let alone one educated in their own country. The film explores the challenges and stresses the students experience as they face overflowing waiting rooms and struggle to bring their theoretical knowledge into practice with limited support. Many students may find their calling in Namibia, while others may follow the ‘brain drain.’ For even with excellent facilities, innovative admissions policies and fresh pedagogies, the question remains: can the new medical schools (like Namibia’s) change the face of healthcare in Africa?

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4. The Right to Heal

 2 billion people worldwide suffer from conditions that can be easily treated with simple surgical care. The Right to Heal is the first global surgery film that focuses on the patient and the plan to bring essential surgical care to the global health stage. Watch the trailer at:



5. CUGH Video Contest Awardees

CUGH invited the global health community to submit 5 minute videos showcasing compelling stories and images on the subjects of 1- Global Health Advocacy2- Innovations in Global Health. CUGH conference organizers are pleased to present the top 6 videos and invite viewers to meet the individuals behind the lenses.