Thursday, April 11, 2013

HBO's "MARY AND MARTHA" Premiere at the Carter Center on Tuesday, April 16

11 Apr 2013 19:00 Africa/Lagos

HBO And Malaria No More In Partnership With The Carter Center And Emory University's Institute For Developing Nations To Premiere "MARY AND MARTHA" At The Carter Center On Tuesday, April 16

Post-Screening Discussion on Malaria to Follow Screening


The invitation-only, Atlanta premiere of the HBO Film MARY AND MARTHA, presented by HBO and Malaria No More in partnership with the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program and Emory University's Institute for Developing Nations.

Oscar® winner Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby," "Boys Don't Cry") and Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn ("Little Voice," "Secrets & Lies") star in HBO Films' MARY AND MARTHA, the story of two mothers who find a way to make a difference, one child at a time. Swank plays an American interior designer who takes her little boy on an extended trip to Africa; Blethyn is an English housewife whose own son heads to Africa as a volunteer. When malaria strikes, the lives of these very different women change forever. They forge a deep friendship and embark on an epic journey of self-discovery to Africa, dedicating themselves to the cause of malaria prevention. Beginning to rebuild their lives, they show how ordinary people can make a difference and inspire positive change in the process. Sam Claflin ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"), Frank Grillo ("End of Watch"), Lux Haney-Jardine ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") and James Woods (HBO's "Too Big To Fail") also star. Phillip Noyce ("Salt") directs from a script by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually").

Africa bears the greatest burden of malaria with approximately 90% of all reported cases. In Africa, one child in 10 dies from this preventable parasitic disease that kills one million people each year, mostly children. Malaria is transmitted from person to person by the female Anopheles mosquito, which bites only at night. The disease infects the human liver and red blood cells, causing high fevers and flu-like symptoms*.


The following are available for interviews:

• Paul Emerson, Ph.D., Co-director, the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program and Director, the Carter Center's Trachoma Control Program

• Amy Patterson, Ph.D., M.H.S., Assistant Director, the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program

• Sita Ranchod-Nilsson, Ph.D., Director, Emory University's Institute for Developing Nations

Panel Discussants:

• Dr. Paul Emerson

• Dr. Mari Webel, Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies and in Global Health, Culture and Society, Emory University

• Dr. Sujatha Reddy, (moderator) -- Medical Correspondent, WXIA NBC 11 and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine


Tuesday, April 16, 2013:


On-site media interviews in green room


Reception in Ivan Allen III Pavilion


Screening in Cecil B. Day Chapel


Panel discussion on malaria


Coffee and Dessert Reception


The Carter Center

453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

Complimentary valet parking will be provided.


MARY AND MARTHA debuts exclusively on HBO on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and replays on World Malaria Day, April 25 and other dates in April and May. For more on the film, visit and @HBO #MARYandMARTHA.

About the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program

Launched in 2007, the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program today works in partnership with the national programs in Ethiopia and Nigeria—two of the world's most affected countries—to prevent and treat malaria as well as to develop a better understanding of how to fight the disease in the local context. Visit to learn more.

About Emory University's Institute for Developing Nations

Emory University's Institute for Developing Nations (IDN) advances engaged scholarship in partnership with Carter Center programs that promote human rights and alleviate human suffering. By connecting the academic mission of Emory University with The Carter Center's work, IDN initiatives underscore the importance of knowledge to positive social transformation. IDN fosters collaboration among academics, practitioners and policy makers through support for research, learning, the open exchange of ideas and capacity building.

Advance phone and onsite interviews available
Media requests should be directed to : Valerie Harris, HBO,
404-966-2445 or

*Clip reels are available for broadcast media*

*Statistics courtesy of the Carter Center's Malaria Control Program

/PRNewswire -- April 11, 2013/


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