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  • Beauty Parlor in Rio

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

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

  • Blood - Russia has no shortage of blood donors: the old, the young, the unemployed and the retirees all queue to be treated. For many it is their only income.

  • Branding Illness - A documentary expose of how pharmaceutical companies create demand for the drugs at their disposal, and buy the science they need to prove their effectiveness.

  • C

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • D

  • 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

  • E

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

  • Everything's Fine

    Everything's Fine - Seydou Konaté is a doctor in a remote area in Mali. But he is at the center of a global issue: bringing quality health care to rural people left behind by development.

  • Exit - Profiles the EXIT organization, which for over twenty years has counseled and accompanied the terminally-ill and severely handicapped towards a death of their choice.

  • F

  • Facing Death - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death.

  • Facing Death - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death.

  • Fevers

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

  • G

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

  • H

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

  • K

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

  • The Knowledge of Healing

    The Knowledge of Healing - The first feature documentary dealing extensively with Tibetan medicine.

  • L

  • Ladies in Waiting - A maternity clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo copes with its patients' lack of money while trying to provide the best-intentioned care.

  • 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?

  • Mademoiselle and the Doctor - Lisette Nigot seems an unlikely candidate for euthanasia. At 79, she is in good health, feels no pain, and does not seem depressed. But she says she sees no reason to continue living. And Dr. Philip Nitschke is willing to help her.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • O

  • 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.

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  • Rare

    Rare -

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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Selling Sickness - Explores the unhealthy relationships between society, medical science and the pharmaceutical industry as it promotes not just drugs but also the latest diseases that go with them.

  • 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.

  • 6000 A Day - The story of how the world's top decision makers knowingly failed to prevent the spread of the AIDS epidemic.

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

  • 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.

  • Stroke

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

  • The Substance - Chock-full of rare footage and LSD-celebrity interviews, an informative and entertaining historical and scientific "trip."

  • T

  • 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.

  • W

  • Worlds Apart

    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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