Surviving noma

Film Info

Film Year: 2020

Film Duration: 4 min

Country: France

Language: English


Claire Jeantet, Fabrice Catérini

Film Category

Best Short Documentary


Noma is a gangrenous infection starting in the mouth caused by extreme poverty, malnutrition and poor hygiene. In just two weeks, it destroys the tissues of the face and might kill up to 90 percent of the people affected. The World Health Organization estimates it affects 140,000 people every year. At the Noma Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria, disfigured survivors find a unique place to heal their wounds. While they suffer from pain and discrimination, they are on a life-changing journey to overcome years of isolation.