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

The American Dream was an official selection of the 2016 WVN Online Film Festival.

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.