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news item December 8, St. Paul, MN: American Heart screened at the University of St. Thomas, hosted by Student Diversity and Inclusion Services. Program included a post-screening discussion.

news item October 28-29, Utica, NY: American Heart served as a featured film in the 2016 UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival.

news item September 21, Minneapolis, MN: Director Chris Newberry was invited to present American Heart and participate in a discussion at the University of Minnesota's Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility.

news item August 29, Des Moines, IA: The Iowa Department of Health hosted a screening of American Heart at Des Moines University. Director Chris Newberry attended for a post-screening Q&A and panel discussion.

news item Thanks to everyone who tuned in last year for our official nationwide broadcast on the PBS World Channel!American Heart on AMERICA REFRAMED

news item Check out the guest blog post on written by American Heart director Chris Newberry: "How Paid Family Leave Would Have Made Life Easier for One Family"

news item Check out this thoughtful piece on American Heart which ran in the St. Paul Pioneer Press in January 2015.


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Seven years in the making, this award-winning documentary takes viewers on an intimate journey into the lives of three refugees who now call America home. At the center of it all is a remarkable health clinic tucked away in St. Paul, Minnesota, which serves as a crossroads for these embattled refugees and their devoted doctors.

We get a glimpse of the failing health and remarkable lives of Thor Lem, a former political prisoner from Cambodia; Patrick Junior, a member of an oppressed ethnic minority in Burma; and Alex Gliptis, an Ethiopian refugee suffering from PTSD, diabetes and HIV. The health care challenges they face are daunting, made more complicated by the trauma they carry from the past. Throughout the course of the film, they all face life-threatening health emergencies, and their trajectories prove surprising even to their doctors.

On the heels of a successful film festival run, where the film took home six documentary prizes in all, American Heart accepted invitations to screen at Global Health events around the country including a Washington DC symposium convened by the U.S. State Department. American Heart enjoyed a nationwide television broadcast on the PBS series America ReFramed in 2015, and the film received a regional EMMY® Award in the Topical Documentary category.

American Heart is directed by Minneapolis filmmaker Chris Newberry, edited by St. Paul’s Bill Kersey, and executive-produced by Melody Gilbert. The HealthPartners Center for International Health, in St. Paul, serves a diverse population of refugees and immigrants from around the world.

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