Brighton-based Lambent Productions have shot five short films for health campaign Make Women Matter.

Two of the films are DoP’d by Andrew Thompson, co-director of documentary Mugabe And The White African, and all five are narrated by Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, Dirty Pretty Things).

Told through the personal experiences of women in Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, South Africa and Uganda the five stories, directed by Lisa Fairbank and Lara Akeju, address the challenges facing young women in the developing world.

Lambent were invited to produce the series of two and eight minute films to spearhead a new maternal health campaign called Make Women Matter – a new campaign led by Marie Stopes International, with the support of a grant from the European Commission. 

Director Fairbanks told Screen that she will be at the Lisbon International Documentary Festival in October to pitch potential longer versions of the shorts.