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Film Aftershock Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Jun 23, 2022
  • 7PM
Running Time: 86min
Directed By Paula Eiselt & Tonya Lewis Lee | 2022

A powerful documentary that shines a light on the Black women, and bereaved partners, who are failed by the US maternal health system.

In October 2019, 30-year-old Shamony Gibson tragically died after being ignored by medical providers 13 days after the birth of her son. Two months later, filmmakers Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee 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 that the family says stemmed from medical negligence. Within weeks of Amber's death, Omari reached out to Amber's surviving partner Bruce McIntyre and a lifelong bond was formed. Together, Omari and Bruce began 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.

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