Disney’s Onyx Collective and ABC News Acquire Documentary Film ‘Aftershock’ From Sundance

According to the deadlineDisney’s Onyx Collective and ABC News jointly acquired replicaa documentary film that won the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for American Documentary for Impact for Change when it debuted last month.

What is happening:

  • The latest film from directors Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee will stream as an Onyx Collective Original Film on Hulu in the United States, on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ in all other territories.
  • replica shines a light on the alarmingly disproportionate number of black women who are rejected each year by America’s maternal healthcare system. Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac were dynamic and enthusiastic mothers-to-be whose deaths from complications in childbirth were preventable. Now their partners and families are determined to raise a rallying cry around this frightening but largely ignored crisis.
  • Eiselt and Lee follow Gibson and Isaac’s bereaved partners, Omari Maynard and Bruce McIntyre, respectively, as they fight for justice and build communities of support, especially with other surviving black fathers. Their tragic and individual experiences are punctuated with a condemning historical context, showing that gynecology has a long history of exploitation and neglect of black women in America.
  • replica brings a troubling reality to the fore while edifying families, activists, and birthworkers who strive to bring about institutional change and legislative reform.
  • Eiselt and Lee produced the documentary, which marks Onyx’s second acquisition at Sundance after Oscar nominee Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Summer of Soul.
  • Dawn Porter, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Patty Quillin, Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros, Tegan Acton, Emma Pompetti, Janet Tittiger, Davis Guggenheim and Rahdi Taylor served as executive producers.

Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee

What they say :

  • Tara Duncan, President of Onyx Collective and free form noted:replica is a moving and urgent story that demands our attention. Paula and Tonya captured the resilience and drive of Black families to spark a positive impact on this national health crisis for women in America. I’m proud to partner with Kim Godwin and see Onyx Collective and ABC News honor and amplify the legacy of Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac.
  • Kim Godwin, president of ABC News said:replica is an essential and devastating documentary about the lived experience of pregnant black women that immediately establishes an emotional connection to the memories of deceased mothers. I am incredibly proud that ABC News Studios, along with Tara Duncan and Onyx Collective, is shedding light on an epidemic that affects black women in disproportionate numbers. The journey that family and friends take to fight a medical system that has let them down is a journey that many people should witness.
  • Directors Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee added: “We are thrilled to partner with Disney’s Onyx Collective and ABC News to honor and enhance the lives of Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac. We hope the public will be as inspired and empowered as we are by the pioneering work of their families to ensure the best childbirth outcomes for all Americans.