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The Desired Number
Directed by Ngozi Onwurah • 1995 • United Kingdom
This incisive documentary uses the Nigerian Ibu Eze ceremony—which celebrates women who have given birth to large numbers of children—to examine how family-planning issues often conflict with traditional values in a country whose infant and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world.