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‘American Heart’ at Global Leadership Event

Filmmaker Chris Newberry will be at St. Kate’s April 21.
Filmmaker Chris Newberry will be at St. Kate’s April 21.
Photo by Poppyseed Photography.

What do Thor Lem, a former political prisoner from Cambodia; Patrick Junior, a member of an oppressed ethnic minority in Burma; and Alex Gliptis, an Ethiopian refugee suffering from PTSD, diabetes and HIV, have in common?

The answer: Doctors in St. Paul, Minnesota.

American Heart, a documentary tracing the refugees' lives as they seek healthcare, is the focus of “An Evening of Global Leadership Learning” at St. Catherine University’s Rauenhorst Ballroom on April 21.

The film will run from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a discussion with Chris Newberry, the filmmaker and Minneapolis resident. Admission is $15. (Purchase tickets online.)

American Heart has earned several awards, including the 2014 Emmy for best documentary in the Upper Midwest region and the 2013 MSP International Film Festival Audience Award.

In a 2013 interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Newberry said his film is not an examination of the medical system in the United States. Instead, he created it “to offer a look into the real lives of real people as they face all-too-real health challenges.” The three refugees stories intersect at the HealthPartners Center for International Health, a primary care clinic that specializes in immigrant and refugee medicine.

Watch the trailer.  

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program and the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health are co-hosting the evening. HealthPartners is the event sponsor.

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April 17, 2015 by Pauline Oo

See also: Healthcare, Leadership, Social Justice