A film by Paolo Patruno (USA & Italy/2015/48:46)
The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country in the world. More than two women die every day in the US from pregnancy-related causes. African American women in the US are at especially high risk; they are nearly 4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications compared to European American. Through the documentary, “the AMERICAN dream,” the women tell their own stories: they know what is wrong, and they share their hopes, fears, and their own American dreams for maternal health in the US. Perhaps it is time to listen.
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.