Columbia Film Festival

The Skin You're In

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THE SKIN YOU’RE IN is a multipart series exposing America’s racial health disparities epidemic. In this pilot episode (SOMETHING ABOUT BROWNSVILLE), Tulane University research scientist Dr. Thomas LaVeist returns to his roots in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY to investigate why Brownsville has the lowest life expectancy of any community in New York. 


Director Statement

African Americans live sicker and die younger than all other American ethnic groups. I decided to make this film because, after nearly 3 decades of research on African American health disparities, there is so little awareness of the problem. Researchers have learned so much about racial disparities in health, but that knowledge is mostly locked away in medical journals. I decided I would partner with filmmakers to create a multi-part series exploring this dire problem to reach a bigger audience.


Director Biography - Thomas LaVeist

First-time filmmaker, Thomas LaVeist, is the Tulane University Dean of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. He is a leading public health researcher who has worked on African American health for 3 decades.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    1:03:22
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Thomas LaVeist
  • Screenwriter
    Thomas LaVeist
  • Producer
    Alejandro Orengo, Thomas LaVeist, Wil LaVeist