Experiencing Interruptions?

the AMERICAN dream

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country in the world. More than two women die every day in the US from pregnancy-related causes. African-American women in the US are at especially high risk; they are nearly 4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications compared to European American.
Through the documentary “the AMERICAN dream” the women tell their own stories: they know what is wrong, they share their hopes, they share their fears, and they share about their American dream, related to maternal health in the US.
Perhaps it is time to listen.

  • PAOLO PATRUNO
    Director
  • PAOLO PATRUNO
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 2024 Best Documentary Award
  • 2023 Cinematography & Photography Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official selection
  • 2023 International World Film Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    Official selection
  • 2023 Festival del Cinema di Cefalù
    Cefalù
    Italy
    Official selection
  • 2020 Milwaukee Film Festival
    Milwaukee
    United States
    Official selection
  • 2020 First-Time Filmmaker

    United Kingdom
    Official selection
  • 2017 Festival de Cine Afro "Ananse"
    Cali
    Colombia
    Official selection
  • 2016 Arts and Cinema Corner, Women Deliver 2016 Global Conference
    COPENHAGEN
    Denmark
    Official selection
  • 2016 Grand IndieWise Convention
    Miami
    United States
    Finalist
  • 2016 ARTS x SDGS Online Festival
    New York
    United States
    Official selection
  • 2016 Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Official selection
Director Biography - PAOLO PATRUNO

Paolo Patruno is an Italian social-documentary photographer and filmmaker.
He has traveled throughout Africa over the past ten years, documenting global topics, including health care, education, human rights, sustainable development, poverty. Since 2011 He is working on a long term project called “BIRTH IS A DREAM” which aims to document and raise awareness about maternal health in Africa; the project has already been shot across Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe, and from 2015 has been extended to the US.

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