“There’s something very important about films about Black women and girls being made by Black women. It’s a different perspective. It is a reflection as opposed to an interpretation.”
– Director Ava DuVernay
2016 has been a great year for Black female filmmakers, producers and storytellers. Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae have become household names. One more name that will soon be added to that list is Crystal R. Emery with the documentary Black Women in Medicine.
The film shows the unsung journeys of Black female doctors who have risen above inequality to excellence to become leaders in their fields. Black Women in Medicine explores the intersections of race and gender inequities that impact Black women working as physicians. This conversation is similar to those that are happening across the country about women of color taking an interest and working in STEM fields.
Like many others, Emery turned to crowdfunding to raise money for the film. The project’s indiegogo page has gathered at least 71 backers, who have funded 26% of the campaign. The film has also premiered at the New York City Cinema Village as well as the Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles.
“When I began Black Women in Medicine, I had no idea how big it would get or where it ultimately would take me,” Emery said. “I did know however, that something deep within me, that sacred place where universal mind resides, kept telling me, ‘This story must be told.’”
Black Women in Medicine couldn’t come at a better time. When President Obama addressed the crowd at the United State of Women summit, he spoke about the need for more diverse narratives. “That’s why we’re encouraging more girls to pursue their love for science, technology, engineering and math. That’s why we’ve highlighted women trailblazers and encouraged media to depict more examples of women in STEM — because it’s hard to be what you can’t see.”
Take a look at the Black Women in Medicine trailer below:
For more information on the film or if you’d like to support Emery’s efforts, please visit www.changingthefaceofmedicine.com.