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  • Agent Orange

    Agent Orange - A look at the long-term effects, on U.S. soldiers, the Vietnamese people, and the environment of Vietnam, of the spraying of Agent Orange on Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

  • Alive! - What happens when five HIV-positive gay men spend a week preparing for their first solo parachute drop?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • B

  • Beauty Parlor in Rio

    Beauty Parlor in Rio - Meet Dr. Pitanguy, the "Golden Scalpel" at a leading Brazilian plastic surgery clinic.

  • Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow - Traveling along the cross-Andes route of an oil pipeline in Ecuador, a case study of the troubling connections between corporations, Western consumption, and the 3rd World.

  • Breasts - Twenty-two women, ages 6 to 84-years-old, discuss how breasts play a crucial role in the experiences of puberty, motherhood, sex, health, and aging. ** 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality **

  • C

  • Casting the First Stone - Focuses on six women who regularly confront each other from opposite sides of a police barricade—three believe that abortion is an inalienable right, three consider it murder.

  • A Change of Character

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

  • The Clitoris - A close look at that part of the female anatomy that exists purely for pleasure, and how this highly sensitive organ has long been ignored or misunderstood in the medical literature.

  • D

  • 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.

  • Dear Dr. Spencer

    Dear Dr. Spencer - From the early 1920s until his death in 1969, Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer practiced medicine in a small town in Pennsylvania, where he treated colds, set fractures - and performed illegal abortions.

  • Death On Request - Controversial documentary records the last days - and actual death - of a Dutch man who chose euthanasia to end his suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  • Donka: X-Ray of an African Hospital - Daily life in the largest public hospital in the Republic of Guinea

  • The Dreamers of Arnhem Land - The two Aboriginal elders who set out to save their community from cultural extinction by combining traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific expertise.

  • Dreamland

    Dreamland - Takes a sharp but disarming approach in examining the romance of gambling, and reveals the decidedly unromantic reality.

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

  • E

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

  • Everything Must Come to Light - This documentary focuses on the lives of three dynamic lesbians sangomas (traditional healers) living in Soweto, South Africa.

  • F

  • Famous 4A

    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.

  • Fat Chance - Yuka, almost 200 pounds and fast approaching fifty, decides the time has come to lose weight in hopes of becoming healthier and happier.

  • Fevers - Dr. Maman moves freely between Western medicine and ancestral magical recipes.

  • First Kill - Compellingly brings out the contradictory feelings that war evokes - fear and anger, but also seduction, fascination and excitement. With Michael Herr (Apocalypse Now, Dispatches).

  • Flying People

    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.

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

  • G

  • Glassy-Eyed - After painter Bill Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he began his greatest body of work - a decade-long series of self-portraits chronicling his journey into dementia.

  • 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.

  • Guinea Worm

    Guinea Worm - Examines the nearly successful fight to eradicate a water borne parasite in Africa.

  • H

  • The Healer's Syndrome - Many African AIDS patients consult with tranditional faith healers for their medical care.

  • The Hidden Face of Fear - Neuroscientists and psychologists are approaching a common understanding of how the brain's fear circuitry works, and changes.

  • How Happy Can You Be? - What is happiness? And how do we get more of it? Visiting leading figures in positive psychology and observing clinical experiments, this is a light-hearted but serious investigation.

  • I

  • It's My Life

    It's My Life - Zackie Achmat, a leading AIDS activist in South Africa, refused to take anti-retroviral medicines until they were made available by the government in public hospitals and clinics.

  • K

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

  • L

  • Latest News from the Cosmos - It wasn't until Helene was 20 years old that her parents discovered that their autistic daughter was able to not only communicate, but to write deeply complex, philosophical and poetic work.

  • 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.

  • Litigating Disaster

    Litigating Disaster - December 3, 1984. Bhopal, India. The worst chemical disaster of all time. How has Union Carbide manipulated the US and Indian legal systems for 20 years to avoid facing justice?

  • 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

  • Made Over in America - In a culture where bodies seem customizable, how do we perceive body image, and how are desires for a better self influenced by reality television and the makeover industry?

  • Making Every Moment Count

    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.

  • Mechanical Love - As increasingly life-like robots move from science labs and factories into our homes, how will human beings interact with these machines?

  • Milk in the Land - How did milk become so popular, and iconic? An entertaining and innovative history and deconstruction of milk and American culture!

  • Mind in Motion - An exploration of the latest scientific discoveries about the human brain, an inner cosmos as complex as the universe itself.

  • Monte Grande

    Monte Grande - How do body and mind exist as an integrated whole? The eminent neurobiologist Francisco Varela devoted his entire life to answering this question. Featuring His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama

  • 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.

  • Ms. Conceptions - Dually profound and amusing, delves into the "family values" debate via an exposé of women who are single mothers by choice.

  • N

  • The Nuclear Comeback - In the face of climate change, the nuclear industry proposes itself as a solution. It says that nuclear power generation produces zero carbon emissions... and people are listening.

  • O

  • Oedipus in China

    Oedipus in China - Over the last ten to fifteen years, the development of psychoanalysis in China reflects the changing needs of a society that is just learning how to express personal feelings.

  • Old Men - An intimate ethnographic portrait of the elderly men living on one street in Beijing, China.

  • 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.

  • Our Daily Bread - A spectacular visual essay composed of epic tableaus, a haunting vision of our modern food industry, and the methods and technology utilized for mass production.

  • Our Daily Poison

    Our Daily Poison - Reveals how everyday chemicals-pesticides, Aspartame and plastics-may be slowly poisoning us.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Portraits of Age

    Portraits of Age - A look at the changing nature of the "senior" citizen's role around the world.

  • Principles & Practices of Building Community Special - Seven sessions of training providing skills and education on some of the most important concepts of community inclusion.

  • Private Dicks - Rarely do we hear men talking honestly about their penises - until now. Surveying men from all walks of life, this film explores the naked truth about how men feel about their penises.

  • R

  • Rare -

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

  • The Road From Kampuchea

    The Road From Kampuchea - The story Tun Channareth - Cambodian ex-soldier, landmine survivor and co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Price for his work to ban landmines.

  • S

  • The Secret Life of Babies - A two-part examination of the psychological development of babies, from intrauterine life to the first months after birth. How do fetuses and babies perceive their worlds, and ours?

  • 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.

  • Smoking Kills - Thomas is a hardcore smoker, and he's going to give it up.

  • Societies Under The Influence

    Societies Under The Influence - Argues that the "drug war" we read about in our newspapers everyday is a corrupt and pernicious front that protects our judicial system, big business, organized crime and American foreign agendas.

  • 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.

  • Surrounded by Waves - A global exploration of the health impacts of electromagnetic waves in our wireless technology.

  • T

  • Tikinagan

    Tikinagan - Reveals the challenges faced by a native run child care agency in northwestern Ontario.

  • Travis - The inspirational story of a 10-year-old boy with full-blown AIDS.

  • V

  • The Vanishing Line - Chronicles one physician's exploration of how to try and meet the needs of the dying and their families.

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

  • W

  • Western Eyes

    Western Eyes - The search for beauty and self-acceptance of two women of Asian descent contemplating plastic surgery - they believe their appearance, specifically their eyes, affect how they are perceived by others.

  • What's for Dinner? - Meat consumption in China is skyrocketing; what does it mean for sustainability, public health, food security, climate change, and animal welfare?

  • With God On Our Side - A comprehensive six-hour series treating one of the most important political and cultural stories in contemporary America: the rising power of the Religious Right from 1950 through the 1990s.

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