The American Dream

With the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country, in the United States African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than their white counterparts. 

A film by Paolo Patruno (USA & Italy | 2015 | 49 mins).

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About Paolo Patruno

Paolo Patruno is an Italian, social-documentary photographer and filmmaker. He has traveled throughout Africa over the past ten years, documenting global topics, including health care, education, human rights, sustainable development, and poverty. Since 2011, he has worked on a long-term project called “Birth is a Dream," which aims to document and raise awareness about maternal health in Africa. The project has already been shot across Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. In 2015, the filming has been extended to the United States.


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  • commented 2016-06-15 15:04:04 -0700
    A breakthrough, an eye-opener, a dazzling reality we’re so close to, enough to ignore… Putting together such poignant fact-based documentary is a proof that the fight between Good and evil is still on, and that Paolo is not the patron of the Oppressors!