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Hand-Held: Health and homelessness
Directed by Kataina Cizek
Produced by Gerry Flahive
A National Film Board of Canada Production
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The Bicycle, Drawing From Life, Hand-Held, and The Interventionists are all included on one DVD for the price of $248

The Hand-Held: health and homelessness documentary anthology DVD is a frank and invaluable resource for nurses, doctors, social workers, policy makers, social activists and patient advocacy organizations... and anyone interested in how media and medicine can work together to change lives.

The Hand-Held DVD features over 100 minutes of digital storytelling using photographs, audio narratives and short videos.

I WAS HERE - The powerful photographic images created by the I WAS HERE photobloggers led to a city-wide tour of their work and to a public declaration of their rights and needs. Additional material includes WE'RE STILL HERE and participants' videos.

STREET HEALTH STORIES - Through STREET HEALTH STORIES, the women chronicled the lives of more than two dozen homeless people as part of one of the most comprehensive scientific studies on the health of the homeless--The Street Health Report. Additional material includes the IMPACT OF STORIES and the trailer.

UNEXPECTED - Hand-Held also includes the team's film UNEXPECTED, a provocative and transformative video dialogue between homeless mothers and healthcare professionals who deliver babies. Additional material inlcudes a inside look at the [UN]CONFERENCE - where decision makers, policy makers and service users collaborate and discuss health and homelessness.


100 minutes / color
Closed Captioned
Release: 2010
Copyright: 2009
Sale: $248

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Closed Captioned, Fanlight Collection, Health Care Issues, Homelessness, Sociology

Related Titles:
The Bicycle: Fighting AIDS with community medicine in Malawi.

Drawing From Life: A half-hour film that goes inside a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide more than once.

The Interventionists: A mental health nurse and a police officer ride the streets of the inner city in an unmarked police car, responding to 911 calls involving what are officially called "emotionally disturbed persons" (EDP).

The 7 Interventions of Filmmaker-in-Residence: The story of a groundbreaking project in media intervention at an inner-city hospital. What happens when documentary filmmaking, photoblogs, digital storytelling and more are used to investigate complex health issues?

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