• Director

    Sarah Davis, Caleb Lucky

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, Ethiopia, 2019, 22min

  • Category

    Short Documentary

  • Format

    Digital (screening) – 1080p (shooting)

  • Festival Year


Crew: Screenwriters: Sarah Davis, Caleb Lucky – Executive Producer: Hezekiah Lewis – Co-Producer: Madiah Gant, Lila Samuelson – Co-Director: Sarah Davis, Caleb Lucky – Cinematographers/Editors: Will Brenninkmeyer, Meagan Leverone – Original Music/Composer, Sound Mixer: Trent Zulkiewicz

For women and girls in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, becoming pregnant can be a death sentence. It is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age, and could be almost entirely preventable with access to basic surgical care. Carrying Tomorrow follows the stories of two women who defy the odds through an incredible culmination of medical professionals, governments and communities rising together to challenge the unacceptable, and in doing so igniting the consciousness of the coming generation.

Sarah Davis and Caleb Lucky are rising student filmmakers from Villanova University. Their first breakout film, Sankofa (2018), was an examination of the social and structural implications of colonialism through powerful visual storytelling. From the mountainous landscapes of rural Ethiopia to the heart and grit of North Philadelphia, these young artists have a knack for using film as a medium to uncover the human side of some of the most controversial cross-cultural issues of our time. Davis and Lucky are leading the charge in an emerging genre of socially-conscious documentaries in the student circuit that aim to not only wow audiences with impactful film content, but spark broader discussions that will ultimately lead to lasting social change. Read more about the production company behind Carrying Tomorrow at

Filmmaker’s Note

The initial idea behind this project was to highlight the importance of women’s health and the strength of mothers. While our story now specifically addresses access to quality healthcare and safe surgery in Ethiopia, the underlying themes of motherhood and community are universal. We think it’s important for everyone to understand that we live in a global community, and we are all responsible for amplifying the stories of these women. – Co-directors