Shanti Uganda with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Reel Causes present:

Sister: An Intimate Portrait of a Global Health Crisis

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

A film by Brenda Davis

May 7th 2015, 7PM

@ The Goldcorp Centre for Performing Arts, 149 W Hastings St


Sister tells the story of health workers from Ethiopia, Cambodia and Haiti, exploring how they find meaning while working under difficult circumstances and revealing maternal and newborn death as a human rights issue.

An intimate portrait of a global crisis woven from indigenous scenery and vérité footage, Sister captures colors, sights and sounds while exploring dedicated health workers and those in their care through intense and beautiful moments.

Their stories reveal strategies in place to improve maternal health and address the crisis in maternal and newborn mortality to show when the strategies work, when they don’t work and how the lack of transport, communication and education create weak links along the way.

These are some of the stories behind the statistics.


Brenda Davis is a Canadian citizen who grew up in Toronto and is a U.S. permanent resident currently living in New York City. Brenda has over 20 years experience in various aspects of filmmaking. She has worked as a script supervisor, a script consultant, and extensively as a researcher. She is a member of the researchers organization FOCAL International.

Brenda has made five short films for NGOs shot as a one-person crew. These projects are the foundation of Brenda’s filmmaking style: vérité documentary rooted in social activism. SISTER is her first feature documentary.

*Synposis and Director’s bio taken directly from

About the Panelists-

Dr Dorothy Shaw

Dorothy Shaw, (MBChB, FRCSC, FRCOG, CEC, CCPE) is the Vice President, Medical Affairs for British Columbia’s Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, responsible for quality and safety in patient care using patient-centred, cost-effective approaches.  She is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Previous leadership roles at UBC include Associate Dean, Equity and Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Shaw is academically recognized through many peer reviewed papers and chapters, as well as the Executive Producer of an award winning film on insights into FGM. She is recognized for her contributions to the health and rights of women in Canada and globally and the recipient of several prestigious awards.

Dr. Shaw is Past President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (1991-1992) and was the first woman President of FIGO from 2006-2009. She was the inaugural chair of the FIGO Committee for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights from 2000-2003. Dr. Shaw has been a spokesperson for the Partnership for Maternal Newborn Child Health and is engaged in civil society advocacy related to global Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health. She was the inaugural chair of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health from 2010-2014.

Jane Drichta, CPM

Jane E. Drichta is a Certified Professional Midwife, Doula and Birth Educator living in Seattle, Washington.   Jane has been involved in various facets of birth work for almost 12 years, and has attended over 800 births, in all birth settings imaginable.  She has developed curricula for doula trainings and midwifery workshops, and is a frequent speaker at various conferences and trainings. She is a passionate advocate for vaginal birth after cesarean (vbac), and women’s right to informed choice and gentle care. After her first birth-oriented trip abroad, to the Philippines,Jane earned certificates in Global Maternal Health and Neonatal Health from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Jane is also a perinatal massage therapist. The co-author of the award winning “Essential Homebirth Guide,” (along with Jodilyn Owen, CPM) Jane has been published in the trade journalMidwifery Today, Squat, The Montessori Gazette, and several short fiction venues including Samsara, American Tanka, and Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine for Children.

Dr Farah Shroff

Dr Farah Shroff, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Family Practice and the School of Population and Public Health in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. The emphasis in her research is on visioning and developing Health for All. Her main areas of research are 1) holistic health (mind-body approaches to health; spirituality and health) 2) community development for health and social justice (social determinants of health); 3) health system design and delivery. Her book, The New Midwifery: Reflections on Renaissance and Regulation, was published in 1997. Since then, Dr. Shroff has written more about women’s health, HIV/AIDS, health policy, nursing, registered massage therapy, international health, innovative health care delivery and design and more.

Dr Shroff also conducts research, writing, facilitation and more as a consultant. She is also a teacher of yoga, dance, martial arts, meditation and more.

Caroline Okot Bitek, RN – bio coming soon


Sponsorship is an excellent way to promote your business while making a meaningful impact on the lives of under-served women and children in Uganda.

Title Sponsorship includes:

  • featured placement of your name and logo on event posters,
  • placement of your marketing materials at the event,
  • mention of your organization as the Title Sponsor at the event
  • social media marketing of your company on Twitter and Facebook,
  • your logo on the big screen during the 30 minute panel discussion
  • link to corporate homepage on our website,
  • recognition card for display in your office, and
  • two tickets to attend the event. 

Smaller sponsorship packages available. Contact Sadie, or 604-716-0611 , for more information. 

Thank you to our partners:


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