DURATION: 1 HOUR
The head nurse in Manila's busiest maternity ward estimates that she has delivered 200,000 babies during her career. On a busy day, a hundred babies are born at the Jose Fabella hospital and women in labour lie four or five to a bed.
Anita Rani travels to the crazy crowded capital of the Philippines, to see how the countries of the developing world are facing a future with a rapidly growing population by following the lives of three different women. Rosalyn, whose seventh child will have to survive on less than a pound a day; Rose, a middle-class mum who can afford the best care in the world; and Junalyn, on a journey out of the slums to a better life.
Amid the drama of new life, Anita finds a story of economic growth and hope in Manila. Across the developing world, birth rates have plummeted, life expectancy has increased and young vibrant workforces are beginning to compete with the established economies of the West.
The Kingdom of Mister Edhi is a fly-on-the-wall portrait of the conditions of women in Pakistan as seen through the eyes and work of a fascinating married couple: Abdul Sattar Edhi and his wife Bilquis Edhi, the owners and tireless leaders of the country’s largest network of social assistance that includes shelters for abused women, orphanages and adoption centers, hospitals, insane asylums and emergency ambulance services. This film crosses the threshold of this uniquely chaotic organization along with the disenfranchised Pakistanis seeking a social safety net where none officially exists, revealing an insider’s perspective on Muslim society.
[written and directed by Amélie Saillez]
[executive producers: Danielle Schleif, Tono Folguera, Stéphanie Lippens, François Van den Abeele, Amélie Saillez]
[edited by Carlos Prieto]
[photography by Tone Andersen]
[Interpreter and field producer: Seemab Gul]
[Assistant director: Juan Muñoz-Tébar]
[A production by Lastor Media / 43 Films]
[In coproduction with Mundis Productions / CBA]
[With the collaboration of ICIC / TVC]
[With the support of MEDIA]