Sundance Doc ‘Aftershock’ Probes U.S. Maternal Health Crisis

Black women, along with Native Americans and Alaska natives, are three times more likely to die before, during or after having a baby, and more than half of these deaths are preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee take a deep dive into that statistic in their Sundance documentary “Aftershock.”The film tells the story of two young black women who died due to childbirth complications that could have been prevented.

Through interviews with bereaved fathers and mothers, birth-workers and physicians, Eiselt and Lewis Lee examine the maternal health crisis happening throughout the country.

This marks Eiselt and Lewis Lee’s first time at Sundance as directors of a feature doc.How long have you been working on this project?Eiselt: Two years and it was a quick two years with a pandemic in the middle.

We pushed through because of

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