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Meryl Streep will narrate the feature documentary Shout Gladi Gladi, which is being co-directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy and which will focus on women’s health in Africa.
The documentary is being made in collaboration with The Freedom From Fistula Foundation, an organization run by Scottish businesswoman, philanthropist and activist Ann Gloag. The film will focus on Gloag’s experiences working with women in poverty-striken villages in Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra and also will feature appearances by philanthropist Melinda Gates and Nobel Peace laureate Wole Soyinka.
Friedman is producing the documentary through his company, Vertical Ascent, and Gloag is serving as executive producer.
“Filming Shout was an extraordinary experience. My wife and I were stopped at Gunpoint in Malawi and were one of the last film crews shooting in Sierra Leone as the Ebola plague descended. But throughout the wonderful people of Africa and the amazing work that Ann’s groups were doing inspired us to keep on keeping on,” Friedman said.
“‘This powerful film attests to the igniting power of one woman, Ann Gloag, to set in motion hundreds of helping hands, doctors, nurses, caregivers, family and friends, to resuscitate the health and status of victims of fistula, and to give them back their lives,” Streep added in a statement.
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