On Thursday December 5th, the documentary “Lay Your Troubles Down” by Stephen Harris premiered to a packed auditorium at the Hess Building, Ichan school of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. The film produced by The Women board member Eileen Solomon traced physicians Peter Dottino and Ann Marie Beddoe from their first visit to Monrovia, Liberia in January 2008 to their most recent visit in july of this year.
Collaborating with Liberian physician Dr. Wilhelmenia Jallah, the doctors worked to build capacity among local health workers and develop the first center dedicated to women’s health in Liberia. The powerful images that flashed across the scene kept the audience fully engaged throughout the 50 minute documentary. A question and answer session followed with panelists Stephen Harris (film maker), Dr. Jeffrey Freed (exective producer) and Drs. Dottino and Beddoe fielding questions from the audience. Refreshments were provided by members of the Mount Sinai auxillary board.