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Shot in the Arm: Screening and Discussion

October 30, 2023 @ 6:00 pm


Our Storied Health Film and Media Series is a year-long integrated media experience at the Brown Arts Institute that illuminates the importance of our collective health and what can be done to enhance it. The series, curated by Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, Director of the Pandemic Center at the Brown School of Public Health and Dr. Jennifer Galvin, an epidemiologist and documentary filmmaker, opens with a screening of “Shot in the Arm,” a film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

Through film screenings, campus conversations, and how-to workshops, this series showcases the power of storytelling as a public health intervention. The Series is curated by Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, Director of the Pandemic Center of the Brown School of Public Health, with epidemiologist and documentary filmmaker Dr. Jennifer Galvin.

Scott Hamilton Kennedy (THE GARDEN, FOOD EVOLUTION) had begun investigating the global measles epidemic. It was long before anyone had heard of COVID-19. He was filming with top public health officials–including Tony Fauci–as well as rare interviews with anti-vaccine activists who were persuading parents by the millions to refuse vaccines for their children.

Then COVID-19 happened.

Acting quickly, Kennedy shifted his directorial eye to this once-in-a-century tragedy. Both skeptical and hopeful, SHOT IN THE ARM explores vaccine hesitancy historically and in the context of our modern pandemic. Can we replace cynicism with healthy curiosity and bridge the political divides that make us sick?

The screening will begin with a panel discussion and a reception will follow.

Registration (free) is required: https://tickets.brown.edu/arts/Online/seatSelect.asp?createBO::WSmap=1&BOparam::WSmap::loadBestAvailable::performance_ids=D0E06A5D-57BA-4E8F-8CA6-0797B652CC0F

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