The Deadliest Disease In America Documentary Premieres In NYC Sept. 10th

Filmaker Crystal R. Emery's documentary "The Deadliest Disease In America" is slated for its New York City premiere on Sept. 10t
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Filmaker Crystal R. Emery's documentary "The Deadliest Disease In America" is slated for its New York City premiere on Sept. 10th at New York's Cinema Village.

What makes COVID-19 even deadlier? Racism in medicine.

Crystal R. Emery’s documentary The Deadliest Disease in America traces the history of racism in American health care from the brutal medical experimentation forced upon enslaved peoples to the modern-day inequity in fatality rates and access to treatment experienced by people of color during the pandemic. The timely film, which is written, directed and produced by Emery — a Connecticut filmmaker and American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, who is also triumphing over quadriplegia and two serious diseases — will have its red carpet premieres and a one-week run.

On Friday, Sep. 10 there will be a special screening of the film at New York City’s Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street, New York, starting at at 3:30 PM. The film runs through September 16.

Proof of vaccination must be presented to enter the venue the night of the premiere.

Ten years in the making, The Deadliest Disease in America presents the sobering personal stories of patients who have been victimized by health care inequities, including Emery, who shares her own experiences as a quadriplegic African American woman.

Lending their expertise to the film by way of commentary are Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, epidemiologist, past president of American Public Health Association; Dr. Bert Petersen, MD, Director of Division of Breast Surgery at SBH Health System; Dr. Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, surgeon general of the United States; and others.

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