World, we are ready for our close-up! UAEM student advocacy is making its debut on the silver screen! For the last couple of years members of our UAEM community have been followed by a documentary team from Participant Media. The UAEM UCLA chapter lead and North American Coordinating Committee member Neda Ashtari, along with former UAEM board member Gloria Tavera are the focus of a new documentary, “White Coat Rebels.” As the stories unfold and intertwine there are cameos from many UAEMers and Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 participants as filming was happening as we saw the dramatic rise of COVID-19 cases in the USA and worldwide.
The initial film screenings will occur at the AFI DOCS Non-Fiction Festival in Silver Spring, MD, from June 22-27. The documentary examines the pharmaceutical industry from the perspective of advocacy and those who are fighting against its power and influence. While we can’t stream the film at this time, you can purchase a ticket to see it on the day of its release (on June 24th).
We are so excited for you to see this documentary and we hope you’ll purchase a ticket in support. And once you’ve seen our teams in action please consider donating to UAEM to keep our advocacy going. This year marks 20 years since our first win at Yale University!
We can’t wait to hear what you think!