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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 four (4) films used, The Black Walnut (a docudrama by Terrance Afer-Anderson), If You Are My Brothers (a documentary by Reggie Hicks), King of the Block (a documentary by Joddy Eric Matthews and Branson Wright); 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:

Austin, Texas: February 18, 2023

Prostate Cancer in the Black Community

Register for the next edition of the Prostate Cancer in the Black Community Film Series.

On Saturday, February 18, ZERO’s Black Men’s Prostate Cancer Initiative will continue the Prostate Cancer in the Black Community film series in Austin, TX to raise awareness about prostate cancer generally, and about disparities in prostate cancer specifically. Join us for this free event featuring the film (described below), food, and an important conversation after the film about prostate cancer in the Black community. 

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with the film’s writer/director, a prostate cancer survivor, a physician, a researcher, and a community partner to talk about the film, how prostate cancer affects the Black community, and what we can all do to tackle the racial disparities in prostate cancer.

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

Film Duration:
1 Hour 17 Minutes

About the Film:
The Black Walnut is a compelling, innovative docudrama designed to increase awareness 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.

Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 10 A.M. CT
The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave St.
Austin, TX 78702

Prostate Cancer in the Black Community

Register for the next edition of the Prostate Cancer in the Black Community Film Series.

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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

King of the Block
Directed by:
Joddy Eric Matthews
Executive Produced by:
Branson Wright

King of the Block is a film about the high school football rivalry between Cincinnati powers Moeller and Princeton. During the late 70s and throughout the 80s, these two schools dominated football throughout the state and nationally. The film captures those fierce games and takes a deep dive into the lasting relationships that developed.

The film includes college football announcer Kirk Herbstreit, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, former Major League Baseball legend Pete Rose and Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, among others.

An aspect of the film chronicles the relationship between two men who were once rivals and now they have a common opponent in prostate cancer.

Running Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Past Editions:

On November 19, ZERO’s Black Men’s Prostate Cancer Initiative continued with the Prostate Cancer in the Black Community film series in Atlanta to raise awareness about prostate cancer. Community advocates came together for the film, free food, and an important conversation about prostate cancer in the Black community. Following the film, there was a panel discussion with the film’s writer/director, a prostate cancer survivor, a physician (urologist and/or medical oncologist), a researcher, and a community partner to talk about the film, how prostate cancer affects the Black community, and what we can all do to tackle the racial disparities in prostate cancer.

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