“Black Women in Medicine” is the first documentary project to explore the history, contemporary issues, and future possibilities of African American women physicians by featuring the diverse voices of young medical students, practicing physicians, and elder trailblazers all of whom share intimate stories of what it means to be a Black Woman Doctor in America. “Black Women in Medicine” includes rarely seen documentation of Black women practicing medicine during critical operations, emergency room urgent care, and community wellness sessions as well as in depth original interviews and compelling archival images. In telling the stories of women who have persevered in medical fields in part by overcoming barriers linked to race and gender, “Black Women in Medicine” provides audiences with a vivid and stunning experience of the triumph of the human spirit.
“Black Women in Medicine” chronicles the unsung journeys of Black female doctors who have risen above inequality to excellence to become leaders in their fields. It explores race and gender inequities impacting the contemporary physician workforce, while paying tribute to pioneers in the field. The project also replaces negative imagery — the mainstream media’s false and debasing historical narrative regarding race, ethnicity, gender and character — with positive images of successful Black female doctors.
Currently, only 4.5 percent of all doctors in the United States are African American and 2 percent of all physicians are Black women. This sobering statistic has real-life implications for the health of our country. The goal of the “Black Women in Medicine” project is to tell the stories of women who have persevered in medical fields in part by overcoming barriers linked to race and gender thereby providing audiences with under-represented visions of success that can fuel their own self-actualization.
Directed, produced and written by award winning filmmaker, Crystal R. Emery, the “Black Women in Medicine” the film shines the spotlight on women who have succeeded against all odds in a male-dominated field. Emery, a quadriplegic with paralyzed limbs from a form of muscular is known as a creative powerhouse who is a true ‘force of nature’. Emery’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Time Magazine. She is currently working on her fourth book, Without a Trace, a love story.
“My mission is to create work that inspires people everywhere to challenge self-imposed and other-imposed limitations so as to reach their fullest potential,” said Emery. “To that end, Black Women in Medicine will provide a heavy helping of motivation for chasing one’s dreams, not just to young Black Americans, but to all Americans and world citizens.”