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Documentary Feature

Power To Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution
United States, 2018, 56 min., Color, English
POWER TO HEAL: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight. Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation's hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies. Using the carrot of Medicare dollars, the federal government virtually ended the practice of racially segregating patients, doctors, medical staffs, blood supplies and linens. POWER TO HEAL illustrates how Movement leaders and grass-roots volunteers pressed and worked with the federal government to achieve justice and fairness for African-Americans.
Charles Burnett, Daniel Loewenthal
Barbara Berney, Roberta Friedman, Daniel Loewenthal
Anne Reid Jhirad, Leslie Clark
Danny Glover

Director Bio
Charles Burnett, considered one of America's greatest filmmakers, was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1944. He was one of the few blacks who had access to college education in the 1960s, and he studied at UCLA's Film Department. He was first noticed in 1981 with Killer of Sheep which won a prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Burnett's film The Glass Shield, a tense rapid-fire police drama on the corruption and racism that plagues the Los Angeles Police Department, was shown in competition at Locarno.

Daniel Loewenthal has edited over 40 feature films. He has worked for major film studios (Paramount, Orion, Turner Productions) and independent producers (Dino Dilaurentis and Cannon films). Dan has edited in nearly every genre and format: action, comedy, independent films, music videos, commercials, infomercials, corporate videos, pieces for museum art installations and content for the web. He is also an accomplished director for short films and features. Until moving to New York he was a managing partner and president, of his company in Los Angeles, producing and directing projects that included a Discovery Channel series, Direct Response ads, documentaries, corporate videos and post-supervision and editing on feature films. He most recently produced the feature film GOOD FRIDAY, and edited the feature film LOST CAT CORONA.
Danny Glover