Faculty Mentor/s:
Michael Kramp, English/Film/WGSS; Fathima Wakeel, Community and Population Health


Students on the team: 

Bea Arnfield ‘24

Brooke Erickson ‘24

Christina Enodien ‘24

Hannah Falatko ‘25

Lauren Lencovich ‘25

Tiffany Valencia ‘25


Project Description:

Mothers of Sierra Leone is a social-impact film campaign designed to showcase both the resiliency of women and healthcare professionals in Sierra Leone and the specific accomplishments of the Sierra Leonean people to improve maternal health. Our three-year filming plan highlights innovations in antenatal care, perinatal and clinical treatment, including midwifery, hospital delivery services, and emergency surgery, and postpartum care, including neonatal health. We have released early iterations of this project as a video series for distribution in Sierra Leone and make our work available to our collaborators. Our films: 1) demonstrate the effectiveness of Sierra Leonean health innovations and 2) help to recruit additional individuals to participate in the maternal healthcare industry. As a team of interdisciplinary filmmakers and scholars, we also publish qualitative research on the efficacy of our films, study the efficiency of different distribution methods, and exhibit our films at film festivals.


Month/Year Project Began:
January 2019