In fact, the disease the documentary is referring to is one that has the potential to increase the risk of serious harm or fatality for any condition one could seek treatment for medical racism.
“The Deadliest Disease in America” traces the history of racism in American health care. From the brutal medical experimentation forced upon enslaved peoples to the modern-day inequity in fatality rates and access to treatment experienced by people of color during the pandemic”. The gut-wrenching film has been in the works for ten years. It features both stories of those directly impacted by the deadliest disease and commentary from experts in the medical field and its problems. Including Emery’s own experiences as a quadriplegic African American woman.
The new documentary is set to premiere in New York City. The film will have a red carpet premiere at New York City’s Cinema Village on September 10 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. It will then run through September 16. Cinema Village is located at 22 East 12th Street in Manhattan.
You can purchase tickets here.
The documentary was created by Crystal R Emery.
Emery is the founder of an organization called URU, The Right to Be, Inc. The purpose of the organization is to “foster communication and understanding among diverse people”. They work on projects such as an engagement initiative to encourage diversity in stem. They also have a film and workshop series on Black women in medicine.
This includes Emery’s first film aptly named, Black Women in Medicine. It sparked a national ‘Changing the Face of STEM’ initiative. It also inspired the creation of a VR game “You Can’t be what you Can’t See” to help children see the pathways and career tracks available to them.
Both the organization and its founder are committed to promoting equality and progress through their various works. All of which are worth exploring.