Medicine Box Project Update (April 2013):
We're pleased to report our reach is ever expanding. Medicine Box titles “If We Knew Their Stories” and “Crossing Cultures” are being used for medical training and community outreach around the world. Among the organizations that have recently added the DVDs to their curricula are the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Army, as well as residency programs, universities and state health departments throughout North America. You can see a visualized representation of our growing presence here on our newly fashioned map.
With two completed short films under our belt, we have gone into production on our latest initiative, the Medicine Box “Global Village” series. The “Global Village” films will use in-depth examples of common hurdles healthcare providers and voluntary organizations face when caring for and lending support to refugees. Moreover, the events are seen through the eyes of the refugee patients themselves, as well as their providers, lending a complete perspective of remarkable true stories as they unfold.
Other exciting news: The filmmakers behind the Medicine Box Project have completed their first feature-length documentary, “American Heart.” A seven-year labor-of-love, it follows the true stories of three refugees (from Ethiopia, Burma, and Cambodia) as they seek healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their stories intersect at the HealthPartners Center for International Health, a primary care clinic that specializes in immigrant and refugee medicine. It is here that the refugees seek relief from the traumatic events that haunt them and the dire health challenges they face every day. As is the case in the Medicine Box series, these are real people captured in real situations. But, while the Medicine Box Project has found its primary audience in the healthcare industry, “American Heart” is character-driven drama also meant for a general audience, and is sure to pull on heart-strings as the refugees face harrowing health crises with their loved ones by their sides. The film is celebrating its premiere at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival on April 18, 2013.
- Producer-Director Chris Newberry
If you have any questions or comments about our film or video services or about the Medicine Box project,
please contact Chris Newberry.
Chris Newberry's home page
COPYRIGHT 2013 Chris Newberry
design & content questions: