Last summer Juneteenth Productions had the privilege to work with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Nursing in creating and producing a short film that addressed some commonly held beliefs about breast cancer that keep African American women from getting screened. African American women are dying of breast cancer at twice the rate of white women in Chicago. The beliefs addressed in this film have been found to contribute to these excess deaths, in a five-year study of 1200 women in Chicago, conducted by the University of Illinois.
In this 14 minute film, five cancer survivors share from their hearts, providing insights on how they addressed these beliefs, and providing solid reasons for hope. It is an inspirational film designed to promote early detection thorough screening, and also provide hope for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.