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A Film Inspired By Zadie Smith's Refugee Novella Is In Development

British novelist Zadie Smith's refugee novella 'The Embassy of Cambodia' is in development with 'Ex-Machina' producers attached.


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An untitled film project inspired by Zadie Smith’s 2013 novella The Embassy of Cambodia is in the works, according to Shadow and Act. The 69-page short novel—which was first featured in a February 2013 issue of The New Yorkercenters on Fatou, an Ivorian live-in housekeeper and nanny who works for a wealthy Pakistani family in northwest London. 

Described as both a “refugee drama” and “half-adaptation, half original story,” the movie will chart a Gambian woman’s boat journey to the United Kingdom by way of Libya and Italy. Smith and her husband poet Nick Laird have already written the film, Screen Daily reports, while producers of the sci-fi hit Ex-Machina are slated to produce. 

British film production company Film4 reportedly announced the development in an exclusive interview with Screen magazine. The highly-anticipated adaptation of Smith’s award-winning novel On Beauty has also been in development with the studio since 2012 with Kasi Lemmons attached as screenwriter and director.

(H/T Shadow and Act)

Check out this recent conversation between Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche as they talk writing, women, and feminism at the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture.

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Vinegar Pap Smear Saving Women’s Lives In Malawi

This simple diagnostic test is giving hope to thousands of women in Malawi.

They say necessity is the mother of invention and in Malawi, the need for inexpensive Pap smears has resulted in a cost-effective and ingenious solution. Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) is the only form of cervical cancer screening affordable to most underprivileged women in Malawi, according to reports.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) "19 of the top 20 countries with the highest cervical cancer burden were in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018." Eswatini had the highest incidences followed by Malawi.

The VIA is a simple diagnostic test that can be used to screen cervical cancer, as an alternative to Pap smear cytology, in low-resource countries," according to the Role of VIA in cervical cancer screening in low-resource countries - PubMed (nih.gov) study.

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