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Fractured Atlas Productions, Inc. (New York, NY 10010-2007)
Barbara Berney (Project Director: August 2012 to present)

The Power to Heal

Production of a 90-minute documentary film exploring the civil rights movement from the perspective of health care professionals, grassroots organizers, and policy makers who worked to integrate healthcare in the United States.

"The Power to Heal" (working title) is a 90-minute documentary on the dramatic yet largely untold story of how American hospitals were desegregated in the mid-1960s. With the active help of the civil rights movement and using Medicare as the lever, the U.S. government successfully desegregated thousands of hospitals in just a few months. Through eyewitness narratives, historians, scholars, photos, films and other period materials, we follow inspectors into the field, black and white doctors and nurses providing care and filing discrimination complaints, and senior federal officials charged with carrying out LBJ's explicit policies. The film honors the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1965 legislation creating Medicare, and draws on significant humanities perspectives in American, civil rights, and health care history with particular focus on the legacy of Lyndon Johnson and the work still being done to achieve equality in health care.

Project fields:
U.S. History

America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2013 – 6/30/2017