By Livia Peterson
Milwaukee Film and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin collaborated to present the inaugural Minority Health Film Festival at the Oriental Theatre (2230 North Farwell Avenue in the Upper East Side), including screenings, interactive health fair, and community forums this weekend. The Minority Health Film Festival aims to promote public engagement in regards to the health status of racial ethnic minority populations.
Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens and Community Festivals Director Geraud Blanks expressed in a press release, “Openly discussing issues of mental, emotional, and physical health was once taboo in communities of color, and still is to a certain extent. 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.”
Froedtert Health’s Emerging Markets and Inclusion Director Heidi Moore added, “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.”
On Friday, Save Me will commence the festival. The Saturday lineup includes Unbroken Glass, Resilience, Salud Sin Papeles: Health Undocumented, A Touch of Sugar, and The Interrupters. On Sunday, the festival will conclude with Spilled Milk and The Invisible Vegan.
You can purchase tickets here. Admission: $9 matinee non-member, $11 evening non-member, $7 matinee member, and $9 evening member.