Frequent power outages, outdated equipment, and a general lack of resources leaves the women in WARD: B12, the largest labor ward in Zambia, in a disheartening situation. The deck is stacked against them: as rates of stillbirth are soaring, prevalence of HIV/AIDS is strong, and there are not enough surgical theaters to go around. For the first time, follow patients, doctors, caregivers, and midwives as their days intersect and unfold into a powerful narrative about determination, strength, life, and loss. Director: Becky Beamer, Fulbright Commision

  • Becky Beamer
  • Becky Beamer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Women's rights
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR Digital
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Director Biography - Becky Beamer

Becky Beamer is an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker and Fulbright Research Fellow (‘16 -’17). For over 15 years she’s worked on documentaries for companies including National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discovery, and PBS. Ms.Beamer received her BFA from Pratt Institute and a MFA from the University of Alabama. She is currently residing in the United Arab Emirates working as an Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah. Common themes that have emerged from her work include investigations in personal identity, the importance of cultural preservation, with a curiosity in ethnographic explorations. www.beckybeamer.com

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Director Statement

“I believe in the immortality of art & collaboration. Every adventure supplies new inspiration for artistic expression, content and process. With so many stories to tell, there’s no reason to stay in one place.”