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Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Meryl Streep-Narrated Doc ‘Shout Gladi Gladi’

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Meryl Streep-Narrated Doc 'Shout Gladi Gladi'

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, “Shout Gladi Gladi” celebrates the extraordinary people who rescue African women and girls from obstetric fistula, a medical condition that can turn them into reviled outcasts. Directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy, and filmed in Malawi and Sierra Leone, the film spotlights the quest of Ann Gloag, the indefatigable philanthropist and former nurse who drives the movement to save these vulnerable women, and presents the patients as they tell stirring tales of their struggles and triumphs. Everything culminates with the exuberant Gladi Gladi ceremony, a singing and dancing blowout that marks the day the women and girls return home cured.

“Shout Gladi Gladi” will be have a limited theatrical release and will be available on iTunes beginning October 2.

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The filmmaking team recently shared this exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with Indiewire along with short commentary:

In the beginning – well, there is always a beginning – and this video is my co-director and I getting into the early phases of production and what kind of cameras we were going to use. I also get a chance to tell my story about being stopped at gunpoint on our way in to Malawi.


This episode has my DP, Marty Mullin and I talking about the actual cameras and the difficulty of shooting 4K in a location as inhospitable as we were in. Marty discusses the prep process and what we are hoping to get.


This episode has Iain Kennedy and me talking about the difficulty of setting up our biggest set up of the shoot which is the actual GLADI GLADI celebration. It is a good episode and allows Iain and I to talk about the difficulties of a big set up and how important a savvy DP is to the whole process.


We introduce our producer and other camerahuman, Jackie Vorhauer and talk about the difficulty of shooting in the various slums we encountered in the making of the film.  Also the efficacy of using DSLR cameras both plus and minus.


Jackie Vorhauer and Iain Kennedy discuss the difficulties involved in shooting in Sierra Leone.  Adam has had to go to London and they are figuring out how to best shoot in the various locations left to be shot.


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