Thursday, May 14, 2020

Milwaukee Film's Minority Health Film Series Highlights Healthcare for Latinx and Immigrant Communities

Series focuses on critical community conversations leading up to Minority Health Film Festival, presented by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network

MILWAUKEE – Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Milwaukee Film on Thursday announced the second film and related events in its Minority Health Film Series, presented by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network. The series showcases films and conversations designed to explore the array of factors that affect the health of racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities.

The series will lead into the second annual Minority Health Film Festival, taking place Sept. 10-12, 2020.

A selection from the 2019 Minority Health Film Festival, “Salud Sin Papeles: Health Undocumented” follows a group of activists who organize to build Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a unique free clinic serving undocumented immigrants. The story stands at the crossroads of national debates over healthcare and immigration. This documentary captures the birth of a local grassroots movement and features doctors, nurses, and activists who would stop at nothing to make a difference.

“Salud Sin Papeles” will be available May 15-24 through Milwaukee Film’s Sofa Cinema, a virtual film portal proudly supported by Associated Bank.

Milwaukee Film, alongside the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network, will host two online events to extend engagement with these topics. Both events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m.: Using the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic outcomes in Milwaukee as a current example and topic for discussion, panelists will share their perspectives on factors that affect the health of our community. Panelists include Jeanette Martín, Cine Sin Fronteras programmer at Milwaukee Film; Andres Gonzalez, vice president and chief diversity officer of Froedtert Health; and Chelsea Soyring, executive producer of “Salud Sin Papeles.”

Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.: “Salud Sin Papeles” director Juan Freitez will join Milwaukee Film’s Donte McFadden to talk about the making of the film and the plight of undocumented immigrants during a global health crisis.

“In Milwaukee and across the country, it’s clear that communities of color are experiencing greater impact from COVID-19,” said Geraud Blanks, Cultures & Communities director for Milwaukee Film. “There are a wide range of factors that disproportionately affect the health of minority communities.

“Film is a powerful way to engage with some of these deeper issues, and we hope this series sparks meaningful conversation in our community,” he added.

“The film ‘Salud Sin Papeles’ prompts a community discussion about culturally appropriate care as CDC data shows that African Americans and Hispanic/LatinX Americans account for a higher percentage of confirmed COVID-19 cases when compared to the community population size,” said Gonzalez. “It is always important, but especially during this pandemic, that our patients feel they are being understood linguistically and culturally as they engage in health care discussions with Froedtert & MCW staff and providers.”

The Minority Health Film Series extends the partnership between Milwaukee Film and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network, following last year’s presentation of the inaugural Minority Health Film Festival.

“Salud Sin Papeles” will be available to rent through Sofa Cinema for $12, with 50% of proceeds supporting Milwaukee Film. All Sofa Cinema titles are available through Details on the Minority Health Film Series, including how to take part in the online events, is at


About Milwaukee Film 

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences, with a vision to make Milwaukee a center for film culture. Milwaukee Film operates the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. The 12th annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held Oct. 15-29, 2020. For more information or to become a Member, visit

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