Women: Challenges & Empowerment
One Small Step
DVD, Color, 45 minutes, 2010 (Nigeria)
Directed by Remi Vaughan-Richards
Local hairdresser, Grace Fidelis, takes a stand against the corrupt local councilman in a small town in Nigeria to save her community from a health disaster. No-one is bothered by the overflowing refuse on the streets. Not even when there is an outbreak of cholera from the contaminated water does her community take action, since they feel there is nothing they can do. Grace almost loses her son to cholera and decides to take action, but no-one in the community will support her. They are too scared of the local councilman until young Tola loses her newborn child.
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