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news item Feb 26, 6:30pm, Minneapolis, MN: Join us for a fundraiser for the English Learning Center, a screening of American Heart. Director Chris Newberry scheduled to attend for a post-screening discussion.

news item April 7, TBD, Bethlehem, PA: Director Chris Newberry has been invited to Lehigh University to present American Heart and participate in a meet-and-greet and film discussion.

news item June 14, 7:00pm, Little Falls, MN: The Minnesota Historical Society hosts a presentation of American Heart at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site.


news item A big thanks to the Marine-on-St.-Croix Film Society for screening American Heart and hosting director Chris Newberry and some of the film's stars to kick off the new year!

news item Thanks to everyone who tuned in August 11 for our official nationwide re-broadcast on the PBS World Channel!American Heart on AMERICA REFRAMED

news item Check out the guest blog post on written by American Heart director Chris Newberry: "How Paid Family Leave Would Have Made Life Easier for One Family"

news item Check out this thoughtful piece on American Heart which ran in the St. Paul Pioneer Press in January 2015.


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Seven years in the making, this award-winning documentary takes viewers on an intimate journey into the lives of three refugees who now call America home. At the center of it all is a remarkable health clinic tucked away in St. Paul, Minnesota, which serves as a crossroads for these embattled refugees and their devoted doctors.

We get a glimpse of the failing health and remarkable lives of 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. The health care challenges they face are daunting, made more complicated by the trauma they carry from the past. Throughout the course of the film, they all face life-threatening health emergencies, and their trajectories prove surprising even to their doctors.

On the heels of a successful film festival run, where the film took home six documentary prizes in all, American Heart accepted invitations to screen at Global Health events around the country including a Washington DC symposium convened by the U.S. State Department. American Heart enjoyed a nationwide television broadcast on the PBS series America ReFramed in 2015, and the film received a regional EMMY® Award in the Topical Documentary category.

American Heart is directed by Minneapolis filmmaker Chris Newberry, edited by St. Paul’s Bill Kersey, and executive-produced by Melody Gilbert. The HealthPartners Center for International Health, in St. Paul, serves a diverse population of refugees and immigrants from around the world.

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