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Film Series: Prostate Cancer in the Black Community

ZERO hosts the Prostate Cancer in the Black Community film series throughout the country, using public viewings to highlight and raise awareness about prostate cancer within the Black community. Currently, there are three (3) films used, The Black Walnut (a docudrama by Terrance Afer-Anderson), If You Are My Brothers (a documentary by Reggie Hicks), and The Silent Killer (A documentary by Landi Maduro). 

During each event there will be food or light refreshments provided, a screening of one of these films, followed by a panel discussion that includes the film’s writer/director, a prostate cancer survivor from the community, a physician (urologist and/or medical oncologist), and a researcher. During this discussion the members on this panel will talk about the film and how prostate cancer affects the Black community, and also provide some suggestions as to what each of us can do to address some of the significant barriers and disparities that the Black community faces regarding prostate cancer. After the panel discussion takes place the panel members will take questions from the audience, we encourage all that attend to participate and engage in this important conversation.

Upcoming Film Screenings

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Frazier Family Coalition for Stroke Education and Prevention
1300 W. Lehigh Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Sponsored By:

Albany, Georgia 

Saturday, June 17, 2023
8:00 a.m.

Albany State University East Campus
Billy C. Black Auditorium
504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705

Sponsored By:

Decatur, Georgia 

Saturday, June 24, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Beulah Missionary Baptist Church
2340 Clifton Springs Rd.
Decatur, GA 30034

Sponsored By:

The Films:

The Silent Killer
Written and Directed by:
Landi Maduro

Black men are the most at risk to develop prostate cancer and die from it. This documentary seeks to change that. The filmmakers went to barbershops,  beauty  salons,  churches,  and social gatherings across the US to talk to Black men from all walks of life. In addition to these discussions,  the film follows three different Black men at three different ages and stages of prostate issues. Through their stories, the hope is to educate men and dissolve the fear of being open to discussing their health.

Running Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

The Black Walnut
Written and Directed by:
Terrance Afer-Anderson 

The Black Walnut is a compelling, innovative docudrama designed to increase awareness of the of  the  alarming  prostate  cancer  disparity impacting Black men. Featuring nine actual prostate  cancer  survivors,  a  urologist,  and a medical oncologist in dramatic roles, the film explores the myriad barriers Black men encounter in securing healthcare.

Running Time: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

If You Are My Brothers
Written and Directed by:
Reggie Hicks

If  You  Are  My  Brothers is  a  documentary and outreach project about prostate cancer that  follows  the  six  year  journey  of  two Black men with the disease. Ralph Franklin, a  real  estate  lawyer  with  a  high  PSA  and a  prognosis of death meets  a  physician who  helps  prepare  him to live and  not  to die. Reggie Hicks, the producer of the documentary, while chronicling Ralph’s story on film is also diagnosed with the disease. Now this one story becomes two…two stories  that  are  intricately intertwined…two men with their own challenges…two men with a common bond of brotherhood and hope.

Running Time: 35 Minutes

Past Editions:

Our Black Men’s Prostate Cancer Initiative began the Prostate Cancer in the Black Community: A Film Series in 2021 with events in Atlanta, GA and Austin, TX. With Black men being 1.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with and 2.1 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than White men, ZERO believes that bringing patients, physicians, and local community leaders together to eradicate health disparities throughout the Black community. The films that are part of this series each have a unique perspective of the impact prostate cancer has, and the discussions following each screening are crucial to finding actionable items to tackle racial disparities in healthcare.

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