Drowning in Silence

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Before it releases tomorrow (May 12), check out the trailer for the captivating documentary Drowning in Silence inside.

This impactful film, directed by Chezik Tsunoda and executive produced by Hill Harper, addresses the often-overlooked issue of childhood drowning, the leading cause of accidental death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. Given the recent news of tragic drowning incidents involving children, it is now more important than ever to raise awareness about this critical issue. Drowning in Silence not only raises awareness but also sparks essential conversations about water safety and the need for systemic change.

Drowning in Silence documents the true story of a mother who takes a transformative journey after losing her three-year-old son to the silent epidemic of childhood drowning. She goes on a quest for answers and ways to make a difference in the face of tragedy. This raw depiction of loss, perseverance, and community shows how pain can be turned into purpose and truly affect change.

She investigates why there is so little information about the number one cause of death in children under four. As she travels to meet other parents who have experienced similar devastation, we see her film is just as much about seeking solace as it is finding solutions. The documentary delves into the history of childhood drowning by speaking with pediatricians, water safety advocates, and stakeholders. The discussion considers what we can do to shift the pendulum and fight against childhood drowning and create more racial equity in water safety.

The documentary was directed by Chezik Tsunoda, who also wrote the film alongside Claire Ave’Lallemant. Drowning in Silence features the voices of families affected by drowning, water safety activists, doctors, and concerned individuals including: Chezik Tsunoda, Doug Forbes, Elena Matyas, Armando Gamino, Yvette Gamino, Fabian Gamino, Nancy Baker, Ben Hoffman, Joann Barnett, Tizzy Bennett, Dr. Linda Quan, Dr. Imani Walker, Katoya Palmer, Chandrika Francis, Yasmin Richard, Dr. Lorena Shih, Dr. Paul Harch, Ilke Jensen, Cristina Alvarado, Dr. Consuela Mansillas, Adam Katchmarchi, and Kurt Kopp.

Drowning in Silence will be available to rent/own on DVD and digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms starting on May 12, 2023, through Freestyle Digital Media (the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group). Check out the trailer below! Share your thoughts in the comments.