USA / 2019 / 61 mins.
Sponsored by Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce!
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.
USA / 2016 / 57 mins. / DIR. Dinesh Sabu
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.
USA / 2016 / 60 mins. / DIR. James Redford
Sponsored by SaintA
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."
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.
UK / 2011 / 125 mins. / DIR Steve James
Sponsored by Kohl's
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.
A TOUCH OF SUGAR
USA / 2019 / 45 mins. / DIR. Ani Simon-Kennedy
Sponsored by The Dohmen Company Foundation
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.
USA / 2016 / 84 mins. / DIR. Jaqai Mickelsen
Spilled Milk captures straight talk from doctors about the inexperience many hospital staffers have with Sickle Cell and the consequent stigmas that can plague African Americans seeking treatment for pain.
THE INVISIBLE VEGAN
USA / 2019 / 90 mins. / DIR Jasmine Leyva
Sponsored by The Dohmen Company Foundation
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.
Dinesh Sabu - UNBROKEN GLASS
Currently attending Stanford University’s Documentary Film and Video MFA program, Dinesh Sabu is known for his work on Thax and Hearing Images and his debut feature Unbroken Glass, which confronts Sabu’s memories of his parents’ volatile relationship, his mother’s suicide after a fifteen-year struggle with schizophrenia, and the trauma of being orphaned. The critically acclaimed film won Sabu a “Best Director” award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2017.
Jasmine Leyva - THE INVISIBLE VEGAN
Jasmine Leyva has worked as an associate producer on an NAACP winning docuseries entitled Unsung, and a writer/producer on Being for the Centric television channel, a docuseries highlighting dynamic entertainers in film and music. Her first feature-length documentary, The Invisible Vegan chronicles how African American eating habits have been debased by a chain of oppression stemming from slavery, economics, and modern agribusiness.
Jaqai Mickelsen – SPILLED MILK
A longtime professional graphic artist and cartoon illustrator, Jaqai Mickelsen uprooted his life to make his first feature film Spilled Milk. The documentary about the physical and emotional suffering his best friend Omar Beach—who serves as a producer and editor on the project—endured as Sickle Cell Disease survivor was so daunting Mickelsen left his position as Creative Director of The Marcus Buckingham Company, a prestigious management and consulting firm in Beverly Hills, California, to complete the film.
Juan Freitez - SALUD SIN PAPELES: HEALTH UNDOCUMENTED
Human rights and immigration are recurring topics in the work of Juan Freitez, a Venezuelan filmmaker and video journalist based in Michigan. An immigrant himself, Freitez fundamentally understands firsthand the difficulties and discrimination facing migrant populations. His first feature-length film, HealthUndocumented is supported by the prestigious Artist Research and Development Grant from The Arizona Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. The film has screened internationally as an official selection in the Global Peace Film Festival 2018, the Freedom Film Festival 2018 (Malaysia & Singapore), and the International Human Rights Film Festival of Valencia 2019.