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Milwaukee Film Features Charlamagne Tha God at New Minority Health Film Festival
Presented by Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, September festival will feature acclaimed films and community forums
MILWAUKEE - Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 – Acclaimed films, engaging community forums and nationally-renowned guest speakers will lead the inaugural Minority Health Film Festival, presented by Milwaukee Film and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, on Sept. 12-15.
The first of its kind in the country, this four-day event features eight unique film selections, an interactive health fair, and community forums - all related to advancing public engagement on the health status of racial ethnic minority populations.
Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of the nationally syndicated iHeartRadio program “The Breakfast Club” and New York Times bestselling author, is scheduled to appear as part of a moderated discussion at Turner Hall on Sept. 12. The social media influencer and podcaster (“Brilliant Idiots”) is recognized as a leading public advocate for mental health awareness.
“Openly discussing issues of mental, emotional, and physical health was once taboo in communities of color, and still is to a certain extent,” states Geraud Blanks, Black Lens and community festivals director at Milwaukee Film. “However, mediums like film allow us to engage and share very personal stories we might not otherwise—inspiring much-needed conversations about health and healing. That’s what this film festival is all about, sharing experiences and learning from one another.”
“The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network’s vision is to be the trusted leader by transforming health care and connecting communities to the best of academic medicine,” said Heidi Moore, director of Emerging Markets and Inclusion at Froedtert Health. “The Minority Health Film Festival gives us the opportunity to take real action toward that vision. The festival allows us to connect with community members in ways which are different than the typical connections we make with individuals when they visit one of our clinics or hospitals for their health care needs. During the health film festival, our providers and staff members will watch films, participate in health related activities, and engage in dialogue with community members. The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network is committed toward a healthier you, a healthier us, and a healthier community.”
Additional featured speakers include Styles P of the acclaimed rap trio The LOX, and Harriet Washington, an award-winning medical writer, medical ethicist, and author.
Films being presented include Steve James’ powerful and award-winning documentary The Interrupters (MFF 2011), examining urban violence in a Chicago neighborhood over the course of a year, and the locally produced Save Me, exploring mental and emotional health in Milwaukee’s Hmong community. All films will be shown at Milwaukee Film’s Oriental Theatre.
Over the course of the weekend, a series of forums will spark conversation on key topics. Exploring important topics relevant to both the nation and the Milwaukee community, the structured panels and discussions will cover topics ranging from the intersection of art and mental health, to financial and physical wellness.
Additional support for the Minority Health Film Festival comes from All of Us Research Program – Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, The Dohmen Company Foundation, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County in partnership with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., UnitedHealthcare
The Minority Health Film Festival takes place Sept. 12-15, 2019. Tickets for all eight films, as well as the Charlamagne Tha God event at Turner Hall, and the Harriet Washington talk at UWM are now available. For the most up-to-date film and event information, visit mkefilm.org/mhff.
Hi-res photos and film stills for print and web are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rdejb0j8soby7nq/AADGTTYvA5nWzCMtVnGffrTQa?dl=0
Friday, Sept. 13
7 p.m.: Save Me
USA | 2019 | Created by: Hmong American Friendship Association and Nyob Zoo Milwaukee TV
What began as a Hmong-American play presented at UW-Milwaukee in 2018 by local Southeastern Milwaukee students has become an essential work of art, exploring issues of mental and emotional health in Milwaukee’s Hmong community. Save Me, features a young Hmong girl who loses her mother and falls into depression until she meets a mysterious person who teaches her to find acceptance. The film reveals the challenges of living between the two worlds of Hmong and Western life.
Saturday, Sept. 14
10 a.m.: Unbroken Glass
USA | 2016 | Director: Dinesh Sabu
Filmmaker scheduled to attend!
When he was six years old, Dinesh Das Sabu’s parents died. Raised by his older siblings, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Through making Unbroken Glass, he attempts to piece together their story and his own. Uncovering a silenced family history and disturbing truths, Dinesh and his siblings must finally reconcile the past, confronting the trauma of losing their parents and the specter of mental illness.
10:30 a.m.: Resilience
USA | 2016 | Director: James Redford
An exploration into the developments of medical studies where conditions like heart disease can be linked to childhood experiences, Resilience provides the basis for a new understanding of what our culture is facing and how to best treat families dealing with “toxic stress.”
1 p.m.: Salud Sin Papeles: Health Undocumented
USA | 2017 | Director: Juan Freitez
Filmmaker scheduled to attend!
Sparked by a neo-Nazi march, a ragtag group of activists organize the community to build a free clinic for undocumented immigrants, breaking the cycle of oppression perpetuated by healthcare disparities.
4 p.m.: A Touch of Sugar
USA | 2019 |Director: Ani Simon-Kennedy
Told through the voices of people united in their struggle with this chronic disease, A Touch of Sugar dives into the diabetes healthcare epidemic that affects every community in the United States
6:30 p.m.: The Interrupters
USA | 2011 | Director: Steve James
Profiling a year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence, The Interrupters follows members of the activist group CeaseFire as they work to curb violence in their Chicago neighborhoods by intervening in street fights and showing youths a better way to resolve conflicts.
Sunday, Sept. 15
1 p.m.: Spilled Milk
USA | 2016 |Director: Jaqai Mickelsen
Filmmaker scheduled to attend!
Spilled Milk captures straight talk from doctors about the inexperience many hospital staffers have with Sickle Cell disease and the consequent stigmas that can plague African Americans seeking treatment for pain.
3 p.m.: The Invisible Vegan
USA | 2019 |Director: Jasmine Leyva
Filmmaker scheduled to attend!
Foregrounding the health and wellness possibilities enabled by plant-based vegan diets and lifestyle choices, The Invisible Vegan explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African American community.
About Milwaukee Film
Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. Milwaukee Film operates the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. The 11th annual Milwaukee Film Festival will take place Oct. 17-31, 2019. For more information or to become a member, visit mkefilm.org.
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About the Milwaukee Film Board of Directors
Milwaukee Film’s independent board is made up of the following members: Chris Abele (Past Board Chair); John P. Bania; Donna Baumgartner; Elizabeth Brenner; Héctor Colón; Karen Ellenbecker; Jeff Fitzsimmons; Alexander P. Fraser (Immediate Past Board Chair); Carmen Haberman; Susan Haise; Katie Heil; Patti Keating Kahn (Board Chair); Tracey L. Klein (Past Board Chair); Michael G. Klein; Michael J. Koss Jr.; Alexander Lasry; Steve Laughlin (Past Board Chair); Emilia Layden; Michael R. Lovell; Joan Lubar; Marianne Lubar; Steve Mech; Mark Mone; Susan Mikulay; Kenneth W. Muth; Bob Pothier; John Ridley; Joseph A. Rock; Ramona Rogers-Windsor; Lacey Sadoff; Dave Stamm; Julia Taylor; John Utz; Kimberly Walker; Emeritus members: Tom Barrett; Jacqueline Strayer
About Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin supporting a shared mission of patient care, innovation, medical research and education. Our health network operates eastern Wisconsin's only academic medical center and adult Level I Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, an internationally recognized training and research center engaged in thousands of clinical trials and studies. The Froedtert & MCW health network, which includes five hospitals, more than 1,700 physicians and nearly 40 health centers and clinics, draws patients from throughout the Midwest and the nation. In our most recent fiscal year, outpatient visits exceeded 1.1 million, inpatient admissions to our hospitals were 52,483 and visits to our network physicians totaled 979,143. For more information, visit froedtert.com.