AFTERSHOCK – FREE Virtual Screening and Q&A!
Directed and Produced by Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee | 89 mins | USA | 2022 | Documentary
Sundance Film Festival: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Impact for Change
Following the deaths of two young African American women in New York City due to childbirth complications, two bereaved families galvanized activists, birth workers, and physicians to reckon with one of the most pressing American crisis today: the US maternal health crisis.
In October 2019, 30-year-old Shamony Gibson tragically died 13 days following the birth of her son. Two months later, we began filming Shamony’s surviving mother, Shawnee Benton Gibson, and bereaved partner, Omari Maynard, as they began to process what happened and figure out their new normal. In April 2020, 26-year-old Amber Rose Isaac, died due to an emergency c-section. Within weeks of Amber’s death, Omari reaches out to Amber’s surviving partner Bruce McIntyre and a lifelong bond is formed. Together, Omari and Bruce begin the fight for justice for their partners with their families and community by their side, while caring for their children as newly single parents.
Through the film, we witness these two families become ardent activists in the maternal health space, seeking justice through legislation, medical accountability, community, and the power of art. Their work introduces us to a myriad of people including a growing brotherhood of surviving Black fathers, along with the work of midwives and physicians on the ground fighting for institutional reform. Through their collective journeys, we find ourselves on the front lines of the growing birth justice movement that is demanding systemic change within our medical system and government.
THIS VIRTUAL EVENT IS FREE COURTESY OF THE KATZ INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH. You must register in advance. An email with a unique access code to the film and Q&A will be sent to you before December 4.
Event includes pre-recorded Q&A with the following experts;
Zenobia Brown MD, MPH
SVP, Population Health Care Management
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Executive Director, Northwell Health Solutions
Dawnette Lewis, MD
Director, Center for Maternal Health
Associate Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, Hofstra/Northwell
Michael Nimaroff, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Ob/Gyn Services
Stacey E. Rosen, MD
Senior Vice President, Women’s Health
Katz Institute for Women’s Health