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  • 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? (new January, 2017)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Animal Machine - From exploiting the cow’s physical body to manipulating its cells, a new 21st-century farm animal is under construction. (new January, 2017)

  • 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.

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  • Beauty Parlor in Rio - Meet Dr. Pitanguy, the "Golden Scalpel" at a leading Brazilian plastic surgery clinic. (new December, 2016)

  • 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.

  • Between Two-Spirit - Neither man nor woman, Chris is a "Two-Spirit," in between genders. (new January, 2017)

  • 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.

  • 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 exposé of how pharmaceutical companies create demand for the drugs at their disposal, and buy the science they need to prove their effectiveness.

  • 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 **

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  • 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 - 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.

  • Choropampa - When a devastating mercury spill by the world's richest gold mining corporation hits a quiet peasant village in the Peruvian Andes, a courageous young mayor emerges to lead his people on a quest for healthcare and justice.

  • 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.

  • Congo: The Doctor Who Saves Women - Tens of thousands of women have been raped during 20 years of war in eastern Congo.

  • 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 docume

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  • 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. (new February, 2016)

  • Dealing with the Demon - Three-episode series that interweaves contemporary human stories with crucial scenes from the history of the drug trade, providing a provocative and timely commentary from which to view the ongoing debate.

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

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • The Face of Evil - A history of attempts to categorize the physiognomy of evil. From the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch to physiognomics, phrenology, eugenics, and anthropometrics.

  • 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.

  • 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. (new December, 2016)

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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. (new January, 2016)

  • Gorgeous - Animated film by Kaz Cooke, whose character Hermoine, the Modern Girl, tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy, and bulimia in a feral fit of inadequacy.

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

  • Guns & Mothers - The contentious debate over gun control, as seen through the eyes of two mothers on opposite sides of the issue.

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  • 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.

  • The Healer's Syndrome - Many African AIDS patients consult with tranditional faith healers for their medical care. (new December, 2016)

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

  • 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 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.

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  • I For India - A chronicle of immigration, from the Sixties to the present day, as seen through the eyes of one Asian family and their 40 years worth of Super 8mm home movies.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Last Grave at Dimbaza - Shot secretly and smuggled out of South Africa at the height of the apartheid era, this was the most widely screened and influential anti-apartheid documentary. Now restored and on DVD for the first time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 - 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.

  • Mothers - A gripping cinema vérité documentary that shows how China's one-child policy plays out in the daily lives of women in one Chinese village.

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

  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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 - 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

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

  • Postitioning Turning and Transferring - Look better, feel better and achieve more with good body positioning.

  • 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.

  • Proteus - Animated exploration of the 19th century's fascination with the undersea world, and portrait of biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel, who found in the sea depths an ecstatic fusion of science and art.

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

  • 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

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  • Searching for Hawa's Secret - The story of the unlikely partnership between a Canadian microbiologist and a Kenyan prostitute in the scientific quest to find a vaccine for AIDS.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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. (new December, 2016)

  • 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.

  • 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 - 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 - 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.

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

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

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  • Teeth - An amusing but informative look at the psychological, social and economic issues surrounding the modern American obsession with straight, white teeth.

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

  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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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