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Documentary ‘Aftershock’ Puts Human Face on Maternal Health Care Crisis Disproportionately Experienced By Black Women

The documentary Aftershock follows the bereaved families of Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac after they died of preventable causes after childbirth. The film shows how the families how worked with activists, healthcare workers, and physicians to understand a tragically overlooked American crisis – the rise in maternal deaths in the U.S., particularly among women of color. A shocking but true fact, according to the CDC, is that Black women are three to four times more likely to die than white women with the same symptoms. The film, according to Tonya Lewis Lee, Co-Director and Co-Producer of Aftershock, came about because, “We needed to put a human face on the women who are dying. We read the statistics, but they're not numbers. They're people.