About the Film
Across the United States, Muslims are opening free clinics that increase access to care and exemplify the values of their faith.
Unconditional Care highlights this national movement through the story of one clinic and the community it serves. The Muslim American Social Services (MASS) Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida has served over 3,300 patients in seven years. Anyone who does not have insurance and earns below the federal poverty line can receive 100% free care at the clinic. Patients represent a cross section of America's uninsured—every race and religion, citizens and non-citizens, young and old.
A vital story of Americans working together across race, class, and religion to care for people in need.
Unconditional Care follows Faisal Sayed, the clinic's founder, Laura Abney, a Southern Baptist nurse who joined the clinic's full time staff, a young volunteer, and several uninsured patients on their journeys from diagnosis, to treatment, to recovery.
The National Study
In addition to producing the film, The Global Workshop has partnered with researchers from the medical schools at Boston University and Harvard to conduct a comprehensive, nationwide study of Muslim-run free healthcare clinics. Their research will shed light on the national movement of Muslim Americans increasing access to care in their communities. The study will provide quantitative context to the stories included in Unconditional Care.
Set to release in spring 2019, Unconditional Care will tour the United States to inspire students, medical professionals, policymakers, and people of all faiths to advocate and collaborate on behalf of their uninsured, impoverished, and underrepresented fellow citizens. As such, our team will work with campus organizations, faith communities, and healthcare professionals to show the film, catalyze conversation, and embolden advocacy.
The Production Team
Matt Colaciello, Filmmaker
Matt is a digital storyteller and international educator. His company, The Global Workshop, produces film and photography, live performances, and workshops that amplify the voices of everyday changemakers from around the globe. In 2017, his work on indigenous peoples and environmental conservation was featured at an official event of the United Nations COP23 climate summit in Bonn, Germany.
Jacob Lewis, Filmmaker
Jake is a freelance writer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He trained in cinematography at the film school of UCLA. Specializing in the stories that Hollywood leaves behind, Jake empowers creators of all backgrounds and experience levels to realize their vision.
Asghar Syed, Executive Producer
Photo: Francesco Salomoni
Asghar’s family is from Pakistan and he was born and raised in Kuwait. Asghar got his law degree and MBA at the University of Florida. He practices labor and employment law and complex commercial litigation. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Jacksonville Bar Association and on the Board of Directors of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.
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