Winner 2022


A Malka Films and Madstone Company Inc Production In Association with Good Gravy Films and JustFilms | Ford Foundation Impact Partners Presents (Hulu)

Aftershock holds a mirror up to the country’s maternal-mortality crisis, presenting a sobering look at the deadly consequences of a medical system that routinely disregards Black women’s health. In the United States, Black women across all socioeconomic demographics are three times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy-related consequences than their white counterparts. For Black infants, the mortality rate is nearly two times the national average. Those numbers represent a staggering departure from the estimated rates of all other high-income nations, and the death toll is only climbing—up 40 percent in 2021 compared to the prior year. Aftershock zeroes in on the human impact of these harrowing statistics. The documentary follows two families reeling from preventable deaths, tracing their ongoing journeys through grief and toward activism. Among Aftershock’s greatest strengths is its focus on the support that Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Isaac’s bereaved partners, two Black men, are able to show one another. For its clear-eyed look at the Black maternal-mortality crisis—and its tender exploration of Black masculinity—Aftershock wins a Peabody Award.


Executive Producers: Dawn Porter, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Patti Quillin, Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros, Tegan Acton, Emma Pompetti, Janet Tittiger, Davis Guggenheim, Rahdi Taylor. Co-Executive Producers: Lauren Haber, Kelsey Koenig, Nina and David Fialkow, Barbara and Eric Dobkin, Donna and Kevin Gruneich, Bill and Eva Price. Produced By/Directors: Paula Eiselt, Tonya Lewis Lee.

Editors: Flávia de Souza, Sunita Prasad. Cinematography: Jenni Morello, Kerwin DeVonish, Michael Crommett. Music By: Chanda Dancy.  Lead Sound Mixer: Ai Miyatake. Additional Sound mixing: Jonathan Haggard, Orion Gordon. Supervising Sound Editor/Re-recording Mixer: Mike Frank. Sound Effects Editor: Joe DiCosola.