Biography - Development 2020

The deeply personal, historical drama of Dr. Charles Drew, the African American doctor who fought the horrific system of segregated medical care and forever changed the world with his discoveries into blood preservation, which saved hundreds of thousands of lives during World War 2 and beyond.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Biography, Drama, Social issues
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    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Harry LENNIX
    • Writer(s)
    • Michael DERDERIAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Aleta CHAPPELLE (MOON SHADOW FILMS, INC.), Sami TESFAZGHI (Inferno Pictures), Michael DERDERIAN
    • Synopsis
    • We know of Rosa Parks’ courageous stand on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. We know of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement that he inspired during the 1960’s. We know that Black children were not allowed to learn in the same buildings as their white counterparts, but do we know that a Black war veteran watched his pregnant wife and unborn child die on a hospital’s steps because the hospital would not spare an open “white” bed?
      Incidents like this were not uncommon, and African-Americans were denied admittance to America’s surgical training programs and thus Black patients had no recourse because Black doctors were grossly under-trained. This was the horrific world of segregated medical care in the mid-20th century, a world that was changed by Doctor Charles R. Drew.
      Charles Drew believed that success in objective arenas would ensure that his worth was recognized and that in the process racial prejudice would crumble. His story includes his lonely days at McGill Medical School in Canada, where he discovered that his calling lay in finding a way to extend the storage life of blood; his discovery of life-saving blood transfusion techniques at Columbia University, where he became the first African-American to earn a Doctorate in Surgery; his ascension as the world’s foremost expert on blood banking; and his public resignation as Director of the Red Cross’s first blood bank after the U.S. government banned the giving and receiving of “Black blood.” Charles Drew then retired to Howard University and was instrumental in training teams of Black surgeons, literally building Black medicine from the ground up.
      This awe-inspiring story ends on the morning of April 1st, 1950, when Charles Drew fell asleep at the wheel, flipping his car while on the way to a medical conference in Tuskegee, Alabama. This was the morning Charles Drew died of blood loss, at the age of 45. Legend has it that the man who created the blood bank was denied access to it. This film will reveal the truth behind Drew’s death, the truth that his family has always wanted to set straight.
    • Production schedule
    • 2020
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