As part of the St. Louis International Film Festival, “The Color of Medicine” and “Code Blue” will be screened in Brown Hall at Washington University on Saturday, November 3. Co-presented by the University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series, the screening begins at 7:30 p.m.
“The Color of Medicine” traces the rise and fall of St. Louis’ premier black hospital, Homer G. Phillips, which at one point in time trained the largest number of black doctors and nurses in the world. The film chronicles the unique history of the medical training of African-American doctors and nurses before and after desegregation. Among those featured is Dr. Earle U. Robinson Jr., a second-generation physician and alumnus from Homer G. Phillips, who shares his personal story and that of his father, who was one of the first 27 graduates of the prestigious hospital. Also featured are community activists and leaders, who discuss the significant place that Homer G. Phillips Hospital holds in history.
Co-directors Joyce Fitzpatrick and Brian Shackelford and co-producer Rebecca Robinson will attend the screening. The film will be shown with “Code Blue” (dir. Romas Slezas), a short made by Henry Hampton’s Blackside Productions and recently restored by the Film & Media Archive. The film was used as a recruitment tool to bring minorities into the medical profession.
Sponsored by Paul A. Randolph (a Cinema St. Louis board member) and the Randolph Family, in honor of the late Dr. Bernard C. Randolph Sr. and all of the healthcare professionals who trained or worked at Homer G. Phillips Hospital.