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  • Aging in America

    Aging in America - A glimpse at aging athletes, activists, wranglers and strippers, and inmates growing old in our nation's prisons, reaching their "golden" years in the first part of the twenty-first century.

  • Alzheimer's & African Americans: Echoes from the Past - Examines the high incidence of Alzheimer's disease in African-Americans, through the experiences of families who are providing care for a loved one, with everyday living advice from health professionals.

  • Alzheimer's Disease: Inside Looking Out - Through the stories of eight people with Alzheimer's disease, this touching video gives viewers a real and vivid sense of what it's like to experience the early stages of progressive memory loss.

  • Alzheimers Care Series - This three-part series addresses common but often misunderstood behaviors of patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

  • The Angry Heart

    The Angry Heart - Spotlights the epidemic of heart disease among African Americans through the story of
    45-year-old Keith Hartgrove, who has already experienced two heart attacks and quadruple bypass surgery.

  • At the Breaking Point - Short video excerpts that reflect on several crucial aspects of family caregiving-from the effects of Alzheimer's on the spousal relationship to the right to die with dignity.

  • Autism: A World Apart - The stories of three families show us what the textbooks and studies cannot - what it's really like to love and care for children with autism.

  • Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 - Documents the power to transform pain into action and to lift the veil of repression that has gripped a generation of young people orphaned by Argentina's 'Dirty War.'

  • B

  • Beauty In Aging

    Beauty In Aging - Compilation video about women exploring the transitions of aging, with an 85-year-old social butterfly, nursing home beauty contestants, coping with Bell's Palsy and more.

  • Bevel Up: Drugs, Users & Outreach Nursing - This compelling documentary follows a team of "street nurses" as they reach out to prevent AIDS and other STDs by going directly to the young people, sex workers, and homeless men and women living in the inner city.

  • The Bicycle - Fighting AIDS with community medicine in Malawi.

  • Bisexual Virgins - This engaging, non-confrontational documentary invites us to look at the fluidity of sexuality in a whole new way as two "bi-curious" young women confront their fears and inhibitions.

  • Boy In The World

    Boy In The World - Following four-year-old Ronen, a young boy with Down syndrome, this intimate documentary concretely demonstrates that inclusive preschool classrooms benefit both children with special needs and their typical peers.

  • The Boy Inside - An intensely personal film about growing up with Asperger Syndrome, following 12-year-old Adam as he struggles to make sense of bullies, girls, and life in the real world.

  • Breathing Lessons - Academy Award winning portrait of poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, who contracted polio in childhood and spent much of his life in an iron lung.

  • C

  • Caring at the End of Life Series - This three-part series deals with end-of-life care and decision making in the hospital, through profiles of several severely ill patients and the staff who deal with them.

  • A Chance to Grow

    A Chance to Grow - Follows three families whose babies are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Their stories demonstrate the capacity of ordinary individuals to adapt to crises with extraordinary grace and courage.

  • A Change of Character - This captivating video features neuroscientist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of The Executive Brain, as well as neurologist and best-selling author Dr. Oliver Sacks (Awakenings), in a discussion of frontal lobe damage.

  • Changing Identities: A Story of Traumatic Injury and Art - Each year, approximately 1.5 million people have their lives suddenly changed by brain and spinal cord injuries or stroke.

  • Changing Your Mind - Illustrates new research in nueroplasticity and how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders.

  • Code Gray

    Code Gray - Academy Award nominee for Best Short Documentary. Explores four open-ended cases in which nurses confront serious ethical dilemmas in their day-to-day work.

  • Community Voices - A multi-cultural array of patients, clinicians, and other healthcare workers explore the many ways that differences in culture, race and ethnicity affect health and the delivery of healthcare services.

  • Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear - Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, has become the drug of choice for teenagers in small towns across North America. Highly addictive, cheap, and easy to get, it can cause psychosis, permanent brain damage, and even death. This program documents a year in the lives of three families devastated by this powerful, seductive drug.

  • The Culture of Emotions - Designed to introduce cultural competence and diversity skills to mental/behavioral health professionals and students who deal with multi-cultural client populations.

  • D

  • Dancing From the Inside Out

    Dancing From the Inside Out - Moving portraits of three outstanding performers with the acclaimed AXIS dance troupe, which includes both disabled and non-disabled dancers.

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

  • Dress Him While He Walks - This sensitive and realistic video addresses several difficult behavior patterns of Alzheimer's patients. It demonstrates practical ways of dealing with behaviors such as wandering, angry outbursts, and delusions.

  • Dying to Live - Captures a year in the lives of four people waiting for life-saving organ transplants.

  • E

  • The Elder Project

    The Elder Project - An engaging collection of short stories from our diverse community of the elderly.

  • Epilepsy - This program focuses on people who experience complex partial seizures, and whose symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed as psychiatric or emotional disorders.

  • Ethics Thru Drama - A powerful and evocative series of short, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators, and designed to focus discussion on complex ethical issues in end-of-life care.

  • F

  • Facing Ovarian Cancer: A Woman's Guide - This video is designed for women who have just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and includes interviews with leading oncologists, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as a wide range of women living with the disease.

  • A Family Undertaking

    A Family Undertaking - Profiles the home funeral movement, and the complex psychological, cultural, legal and financial issues surrounding families choosing to prepare loved ones at home for burial or cremation.

  • Famous 4A - Set in a hospice care center, captures the bond shared between patients and caregivers, grown children and their ailing parents, while challenging stereotypes of aging and dying.

  • Flying People - A world champion kite flyer shares his passion for flight with a man blind from birth in this tale of friendship that challenges our notions of disability.

  • Four Lives - Four people with bipolar disorder, along with their families and psychiatrists, share their struggles to achieve control over the illness and their lives.

  • Freedom of Sexual Expression

    Freedom of Sexual Expression - Looks at sexuality and intimacy as basic human rights for those living with a decreased cognizance in a nursing home.

  • Front Wards, Back Wards - They were called idiots and for 160 years Fernald State School was where they would stay. Residents, staff and families recall the evolution of attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities.

  • G

  • Gambling Boys - Looks at the growing problem of gambling addiction among teenagers.

  • The Good Breast - Explores the cultural and emotional roots of the loss of the breast through the intimate stories of four breast cancer patients and their surgeons.

  • Good Days, Bad Days

    Good Days, Bad Days - Profiles of individuals who love and support someone struggling with mental illness, examining the profound impact that these disorders can have on other family members.

  • Grief in America - A comprehensive, multi-ethnic perspective on the ways Americans deal with grief and loss in all their forms.

  • H

  • Hand-Held - A documentary anthology on health and homelessness, and a frank and invaluable resource for anyone interested in how media and medicine can work together to change lives.

  • Hidden Wounds - Three disturbing portraits of Iraq veterans highlighting the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder, estimated to affect as many as one in five soldiers returning from the war in Iraq.

  • Hold Your Breath

    Hold Your Breath - A devout Muslim immigrant faces possible death from stomach cancer but cultural and linguistic confusions complicate his treatment in an American hospital.

  • How I Coped When Mommy Died - This inspiring video was created by 13-year-old Brett after losing his mother to breast cancer when he was ten. Original music, animated video, photographs and artwork illustrate the teenager's experiences, thoughts, and feelings, while he takes the viewer on a journey through several years of his life.

  • I

  • In Our Midst - Neonatal intensive care units save thousands of infant lives each year. This film profiles a family whose children are all "graduates" of the NICU, and explores the impact of medical technology on their lives.

  • In The Family - Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the BRCA gene, a familial mutation that increases the odds of getting breast and ovarian cancer, now she takes on the chaotic world of predictive genetic testing and the choices she must make.

  • 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).

  • K

  • Karen Refugees: Fleeing Burma's Forgotten War - A courageous band of "backpack medics" slips through the jungle, avoiding army checkpoints, to deliver medical supplies and care to their people, the Karen minority of Burma.

  • Killed by Care - Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of medical mistakes.

  • L

  • Learning to Hear - A moving exploration of the lives of two deaf women who have opted to have cochlear implant surgery that enables them to recover their hearing.

  • Learning To Speak Alzheimer's

    Learning To Speak Alzheimer's - Applying the basic concepts of habilitation the video shows how to create a suitable environment in which the person can lead a quality life through proactive adjustments.

  • Left in Baghdad - An American soldier returns from Iraq without his left arm and adapts to life with new physical challenges.

  • Lest We Forget: Silent Voices - Documenting the least-known part of the civil rights movement, these are the first-person stories of people with developmental disabilities — labeled "mentally defective"— who were sent away to state institutions.

  • Let Them Eat Cake - Against the backdrop of the "Texas Cupcake Controversy," this humorous documentary takes a close look at the processed food industry and at the ways that junk food and beverages are marketed to children.

  • Let's Face It

    Let's Face It - A touching and intimate glimpse into the self-explorations of several women in their 40's, 50's, and 60's as they face the natural reality of aging.

  • Love Limits - Two people with intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy are united in their commitment to each other and to living their lives with dignity and grace.

  • Luckey - A highly engrossing family drama about a successful artist who must cope with his sudden paralysis following an accident.




  • M

  • Making Every Moment Count - Addresses the complex issues surrounding palliative end-of-life care for children. Psychologist Leora Kuttner profiles five children with life threatening illness, and the families and health professionals who support them.

  • Making Mothers

    Making Mothers - Profile of the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. which primarily serves and is likewise staffed by the African American community.

  • Mayor of the West Side - What happens when love gets in the way of letting go? As a teenager with multiple disabilities prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, his family and community consider what Mark's life will be like when they are no longer able to protect him.

  • Montana de Luz - The children of the Montana de Luz orphanage in Honduras are HIV positive, and a living testament to the beauty and innocence of childhood. This is a stirring portrait of a loving community.

  • More Than Horseplay - Explores the intersection of therapy and research of children with cerebral palsy as they grow in self-confidence and physical capability through participation in "hippotherapy," or physiotherapy involving horseback riding.

  • Mortal Lessons

    Mortal Lessons - Two extraordinary women, diagnosed with end stage cancer, are facing death head on, determined to lead richer, more rewarding lives in the time that they have.

  • A Mother Never Gives Up Hope - Shares the candid and powerful stories of Ruth, Lova, Anne and Rita-four women who are dealing with abuse at the hands of an adult son.

  • The Mothers' Triangle - A revealing, heartrending portrait of two generations of young, single mothers living in the shadow of abuse and abandonment.

  • Multiple - For six years, actor and director Alison Peebles has been keeping a secret: she has multiple sclerosis. Now, in the midst of working on an important TV series, she finds she can no longer hide her symptoms. She's afraid this revelation may destroy her career — and she'll also have to kiss goodbye to her sexy, high-heeled shoes.

  • N

  • Not Just a Cancer Patient

    Not Just a Cancer Patient - Focusing on several articulate teens undergoing treatment, this video helps nurses, physicians, social workers and psychologists understand the needs and feelings of this special population.

    O

  • One in 2000 - One in two thousand babies are born with anatomy that doesn't clearly mark them as either male or female. This provocative documentary demystifies the issue through intimate profiles of people born intersex.

  • Outside In - Spanning nine years, Dr. Kasia Clark's story reveals how the human spirit can combine with medicine, complementary therapies, support, athletics, and art to challenge cancer.

  • Outsider - Judith Scott had Down syndrome, was deaf, and did not speak. Yet after 35 years of institutionalization, with the help of a sister who never gave up on her, she emerged to create a series of sculptures that have fascinated and mystified art experts and collectors around the world.

  • P

  • Packrat

    Packrat - Compulsive hoarding has been linked to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and dementia. This video profiles two families whose lives have been shaped by the "packrat," behavior of a family member.

  • Phoenix Dance - Dancer Homer Avila lost his right leg and most of his hip to cancer and thought he'd never dance again until choreographer Alonzo King challenged expectations of what it means to be "disabled."

  • PicturePerfect - This lively and engaging video explores the impact media has on young women's physical, psychological and emotional health, and offers tools to begin dissecting the media that influence our behaviors, attitudes, and values.

  • The Pitch of Grief - Explores the process of grieving through interviews with four bereaved men and women, young and old.

  • Positive Images of Aging

    Positive Images of Aging - A compilation of fourteen 3-5 minute video segments, each reflecting on a positive aspect of aging.

  • Positively Autistic - The autistic rights movement challenges accepted views of autism, and works to change how the world sees people with autism. Meet people at the forefront of this movement.

  • Pushin' Forward - Growing up poor and Latino, James Lilly was a gang member until at 15 he was shot in the back and paralyzed. Today, he shares his story with inner city kids, and tells them what helped him move on: wheelchair racing.

  • R

  • Rare -

    RARE follows an extraordinary mother in a race against time to find a treatment for her daughter's rare genetic disease.

  • Refrigerator Mothers

    Refrigerator Mothers - From the 1950's through the 1970's, autism was widely blamed on cold and rejecting mothers. This film explores the devastating impact of this misdiagnosis through the stories of seven mothers and their children.

  • Roll On - Aims to share the everyday lives of families living with neuromuscular disorders.

  • Ruth - Ruth endured the disabling physical and mental symptoms of Parkinson's disease for more than twelve years, until a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) enabled her to switch off many of the symptoms that had kept her a prisoner in her own body. A unique opportunity to view the impact of medical technology in action.

  • S

  • Secret Fear - From Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side), this multi-faceted documentary explores the full spectrum of anxiety-related disorders, from panic attacks and phobias to obsessive compulsive disorder.

  • Semicolon; the Adventures of Ostomy Girl

    Semicolon; the Adventures of Ostomy Girl - Meet Dana, a feisty, funny, and charming 25-year-old at a crossroads... but not the kind you'd expect.

  • A Sentence for Two - The film contrasts the stories of prison inmates who are forced to give their newborn baby up with a prison nursery where infants spend the first year of life alongside their mothers.

  • 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?

  • Seventeen Short Films About Breasts - This provocative and often lovely suite of short films explores a range of feelings and concerns women have about their breasts. Together or individually, they offer a wonderful variety of ways to stimulate reflection and discussion.

  • Song of the Soul

    Song of the Soul - An inside look at urban and rural hospice centers across South Africa that provide community-based compassionate care in the face of widespread poverty.

  • The Spectrum of Autism - Children with autism may display a wide range of symptoms. In this video, we share in the experiences of several families and professionals who care for children at different points on the spectrum of autism.

  • Stroke - A personal film diary of a man's rehabilitation from a life threatening brain-stem stroke.

  • Stroke Recovery - A comprehensive resource intended to aid stroke survivors and their caregivers during the ongoing recovery process.

  • Stuffed

    Stuffed - Some people can't seem to throw anything away. This engaging documentary invites us to enter the mind of the compulsive hoarder, while dispelling the stereotype that all "packrats" are isolated elderly derelicts.

  • T

  • Talk to Me: Teens Speak Out About Sexual Violence - One in six victims of sexual assault are under the age of twelve. Talk to Me allows five brave young women to speak directly about their painful experiences of sexual abuse. The film will be a catalyst for dialogue between students, parents, teachers and counselors.

  • Ten Commandments of Communicating With People With Disabilities - This top-selling video is used to train staff and community on disability etiquette and best practices.

  • Toward Daylight - To kindle the hope necessary for the living to face, and move on from, the pain and loss of suicide, five people tell their stories.

  • Two Worlds — One Planet

    Two Worlds — One Planet - This documentary brings Autism syndrome out of the shadows, stressing that young people with developmental disabilities can learn and grow, if their individual needs, styles, and abilities are respected.

  • U

  • Untold Desires - Powerful documentary about people with disabilities who struggle to be recognized as sexual beings, free to explore their sexuality and to lead sexually fulfilling lives.

  • V

  • Vital Signs - An edgy, raw documentary exploring the politics of disability through performances at a national conference on disability and the arts.

  • W

  • Wandering...Is It a Problem? - Experienced aregivers demonstrate compassionate techniques for intervening with patients who wander.

  • Wipe Out

    Wipe Out - Narrated by an Olympic gold snowboarder, this documentary tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage from head injuries while pursuing extreme sports.

  • Worlds Apart - A series on cross-cultural healthcare. Four films raise awareness about how cultural barriers affect patient-provider communication and other aspects of care for patients of diverse backgrounds.

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