Aftershock: Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee’s Docu Deals with the Crisis of Black Maternal Mortality

Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee’s documentary deals with the crisis of Black maternal mortality in the U.S.


Directed by Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee, Aftershock chronicles how two American families cope in the wake of preventable maternal deaths.

The docu investigates this underreported crisis by focusing on the legacies of two women — Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac, who died less than a year apart after giving birth.

The film opens with a portrait of Gibson, rendered through  montage of home videos, which capture her optimistic personality and excitement about being a mother.

Sundance Film Fest (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Directors: Paula Eiselt, Tonya Lewis Lee

Running time: 89 minutes