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  • Is it worse to be born poor than to die poor?

    Is it worse to be born poor than to die poor?

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  • Neang with son Pisey and daughter Ly Ly in Cambodia

    Neang with son Pisey and daughter Ly Ly in Cambodia

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  • Starr Smith, Farnando Solaris, and baby Luma in San Francisco

    Starr Smith, Farnando Solaris, and baby Luma in San Francisco

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  • Hi Sokha and her baby in Kratie, Cambodia

    Hi Sokha and her baby in Kratie, Cambodia

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  • Newborn baby in Kratie, Cambodia

    Newborn baby in Kratie, Cambodia

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  • Starr Smith and baby Luma in San Francisco

    Starr Smith and baby Luma in San Francisco

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  • Baindhu and Moiwa Sentua with baby Rachel in Sierra Leone

    Baindhu and Moiwa Sentua with baby Rachel in Sierra Leone

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  • Baby Rachel in Sierra Leone

    Baby Rachel in Sierra Leone

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The Film

How much is a child’s fate determined by the circumstances and location of its birth? Accepted wisdom has it that much of what happens within 24 hours of a child’s birth dictates that child’s chances of survival and likelihood of health and ability to thrive in the long-term. Welcome to the World documents births in Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and the United States, and attempts to test the hypothesis by comparing rates of maternal mortality, communicable disease, women’s freedom to control their own reproductive choices, and the availability of healthcare in each instance.

The Filmmakers

  1. Brian HillDirector
  2. Katie BailiffProducer