I am humbled and grateful that I have so many healthcare options, which are not available to most women in Lusaka, Zambia. Childbirth never seemed dangerous or scary to me. But, how would I know? I have never been pregnant. These are reflections after my time as a Fulbright Student Scholar in Lusaka, Zambia. I completed a documentary short as the research element of my appointment.
I was embedded on the labor ward at the University Teaching Hospital. The hospital’s visuals are very different from my hospital experiences in US. But, the human connection between doctors and patients is hauntingly similar. Those narratives resonated with me.
The final film, WARD B12, offers a hyper-realistic behind-the-scenes view of the low cost labor ward, B12, at the University Teaching Hospital. Follow patients, doctors, caregivers, and midwives as their days intersect and unfold into a powerful narrative about determination, strength, life, and loss. The film highlights the need for improvements in women’s healthcare and the powerful personal narratives that beat all odds.
The film tackles globally significant, easily relatable, issues that bridge borders and have the potential to deliver a new, significant point of view to an international audience.
Watch the trailer for the film, WARD B12, on vimeo now.
While in Zambia, I made connections that I will continue to grow. And I hope that my documentation will add to a public discourse on the subject of women’s health and specifically encourage institutions and individuals to give available resources.
Every adventure supplies new inspiration for artistic expression, content and process. I believe in the immortality of art & collaboration. With so many stories to tell, there’s no reason to stay in one place.
BIO: Becky Beamer is a freelance documentarian who is currently searching for screening and speaking opportunities related to this project, WARD B12. For Becky Beamer’s contact information and other projects visit her website.