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photo Hand-Held
Health and Homelessness
By Katerina Cizek
National Film Board of Canada

Hand-Held, The Bicycle, The Interventionists, and Drawing From Life are all included on one DVD for the price of $248

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 There — The powerful photographic images created by the I Was There 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 Impace ot Stories and the trailer.

UnexpectedHand-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]Confernce — where decision makers, policy makers and service users collaborate and discuss health and homelessness.

Included in the box set Filmmaker-in-Residence: The Complete Collection with The 7 Interventions of Filmmaker-in-Residence

100 minutes
© 2009
Purchase $248 DVD
Order No. QA-534
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Awards & Conference Screenings
Webby Award, 2008
Banff International Television Festival, Canada
Canadian New Media Award
World UN Summit Award
Grierson: Sheffield Innovation Award

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The Bicycle: Fighting AIDS with community medicine in Malawi.

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).

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

The Seven 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?

Healthcare for the Homeless: Looks at several innovative programs healthcare workers have created to meet the needs of homeless patients.

Different From You: As a result of the 'deinstitutionalization' of mental patients, people with mental illnesses now make up a majority of the homeless in many areas. This video explores the problem through the work of a compassionate physician who cares for mentally ill people living on the streets and in inadequate 'board and care' facilities in Los Angeles.

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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website