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DocHouse: Welcome to the World


A DocHouse presentation with a live Q&A with director Brian Hill. Tickets £7.

DocHouse’s series of Why Poverty? preview screenings continues with a lyrical, exhilarating and sometimes unsettling look at childbirth around the globe. Every year 130 million babies are born. Their life chances are a lottery depending on where they are born. In Europe, six babies per 1000 will die before their first birthday. In Africa, it’s 82. In America, 1 in 3 will grow up to be obese; in Cambodia, a child is more likely to become malnourished than go to high school. In Sierra Leone, one in eight mothers die in childbirth.  Through the stories of mothers and babies around the world, Welcome to the World looks at how poverty affects childbirth – and everything beyond.  Contains graphic scenes of childbirth.

We will be joined after the screening for a Q&A with award-winning director Brian Hill.  Hill has been responsible for some of the most excitingly inventive documentary making of the last decade. His fruitful creative partnership with Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage led to a BAFTA for innovative ‘docu-musical’ Feltham Sings (2002) and a Sundance nomination for Songbirds (2005). Hill’s documentary and fiction interests came together in 2007 with his ground-breaking hybrid film Consent. Notable recent work has included 2010’s Climate of Change and Confessions of an Undercover Cop (2011), a portrait of Britain’s most controversial undercover police officer, Mark Kennedy.

About Why Poverty?

Why Poverty? commissioned award-winning filmmakers to make eight documentaries about poverty, and new and emerging talents to make around 30 short films. The films tackle big issues and pose difficult questions, but they’re also moving, subtle and thought-provoking stories.  The project is run by Steps, a non-profit organisation that combines documentaries, new media, old media and outreach to get millions of people talking about big issues. Steps ran a similar project, Why Democracy? in 2007 and Why Poverty? builds on that.

Established for over ten years through events, master classes, festivals and education outreach, DocHouse has achieved a high profile within the documentary community and beyond, raising public awareness of international documentary across the UK. www.dochouse.org