American Heart

  • 06:30 PM
  • 2315 Chicago Avenue South
  • 612.871.5900


Movie Night at the English Learning Center Is Back!



Friday, February 26th


@ Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church

2315 Chicago Avenue South Minneapolis 55404

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Silent auction opportunity. Snacks provided. Discussion with filmmaker to follow.



About the Film:


Seven years in the making, this Emmy-winning documentary takes viewers on an intimate journey into the lives of three refugees who now call America home. All of them confront life-threatening health emergencies throughout the course of the film, and their trajectories prove surprising even to their doctors.
At the center of it all is a remarkable health clinic, tucked away in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. The HealthPartners Center for International Health serves a diverse population of refugees and immigrants from around the world.
American Heart has been screened at the Social Justice Film Festival, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, aired on national television on the PBS series America ReFramed, and recently won a regional Emmy award, among other prizes. It is directed by Minneapolis filmmaker Chris Newberry, edited by St. Paul’s Bill Kersey, and executive-produced by Melody Gilbert.
Runtime: 96 minutes


What others have said:


“In my 39 years of screening documentaries, I can recall only one that captured me as completely as this one did. I was blown away. It is a spectacular film.”
- Bill Hanley, Vice President, Twin Cities Public Television


“The film’s goal is a simple one: to offer a look into the real lives of real people as they face all-too-real health challenges.”
- Minnesota Public Radio


“An indie gem…The viewer cannot help but root for the three men and admire the commitment of the physicians and staffers.”
- St. Paul Pioneer Press


“A wonderful film that is an eye-opener for anyone concerned about the lives of immigrants and refugees in our country, with beautifully detailed portraits of three immigrants from Ethiopia, Burma, and Cambodia.”
- Big Water Film Festival


“These individual stories of grief and resilience are interesting enough on their own terms, and while hot-button topics such as immigration reform and healthcare costs are not directly addressed, American Heart puts a compelling face on these issues. Recommended.”
- Video Librarian Magazine


Getting There:


Free parking is available on street and in Hope Academy Parking lot across from the church.
Located on the #5 bus line and within 3 blocks of bus lines #2, #9, and #27. (Plan your trip with MetroTransit.)