Me & Nita-a Docu Film for #BlackMaternalMortality

Hi, my name is Tugené Davis I am fundraising for my first feature-length documentary film Me & Nita addressing the Black Maternal Mortality rate.
 
In 2017 I almost died after childbirth by being neglected and denied care for days at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Ca. I sought legal counsel and made a decision that if no one would take my case, being a filmmkaer-I'd just have to make a film.
 
This film is about a Black mother who barely escapes death after delivering her daughter. She discovers her only hope for healing through the trauma of discrimination is with the aid of her college friend. This documentary uncovers the historical, political, emotional and racial injustice of the Black Maternal Mortality Rate through a first-hand perspective.
 
It is my story and the story of countless Black women. Our stories need to be told!
 
This film is important because having almost died after childbirth is a trauma I am recovering from, while many Black women have not recovered. Many of us have died unnecessarily, while others face life-threatening statistics of risking their lives due to racism and bias in the medical system. It is a fight to recover nearly 5 years later. I should not have had a second surgery days after my c-section. In my situation, the complications that led to an additional survey were avoidable if a doctor listened and responded to the obvious signs of danger.
 
Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this film. The budget is currently $707,000. My husband and I have to date, self-financed the film and continue to do so as additional funding comes in.  Every contribution counts! Donations between $1-$249 will be acknowledged in a GoFundMe, group thank you message to supporters in the film credits. Donations at $250 or above will receive their name listed, individually, in the film credits. Every donation receives a promotional Tee.  Your donation goes toward paying crucial crew members that will help bring this creative vision to life.
 
I have gained footage over the last 5 years. The current production phase is bringing the story together as one cohesive film through additional interviews with subjects who are paramount to Black Maternal Mortality and those esse. To advance the production requires crucial crew members, many in different places around the United States, who are ready to film and produce when the funding is available. A lot of funding for film come down the road.  You are providing, critical-right now, support to ensure the momentum to accomplish this project-does not stop. This GoFundMe certainly lives as a space to provide some of those much-needed funds but also to communicate with those committed to seeing this film come to life.

-Tugené
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