Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work
Angela is a bright, attractive young mother with two small children, and terminal breast cancer. This candid, compelling documentary follows Angela as she visits her physician and explores treatment options, while dealing with issues of body image, loneliness, and romance — and trying to pack twenty years of mothering into five.
Are the Kids Alright?
Filmed in courtrooms, correctional institutions, treatment centers, and family homes, this searing documentary examines the results of the tragic decline in mental health services for children and adolescents at risk.
Awakening from Sorrow
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.'
Domestic abuse is not always physical. Focusing on abusers as well as their victims, this documentary looks at the devastating range of physical, verbal, and emotional assaults which abusers may inflict, but also profiles successful programs which offer awareness, help and healing.
Beauty In Aging
From a group of friends who share their experiences of normal aging, to a woman stricken with facial paralysis, to nursing home beauty contestants, to an 85-year-old social butterfly and humanitarian, this program, compiled from excerpts from four videos, allows women to speak for themselves about the transitions of aging.
Between the Lines
A visually lyrical, experimental documentary about women who cut themselves, this film explores the fine line between self-destructive behavior and self-preserving coping mechanisms.
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. It examines the nuts and bolts of successful inclusion as well as the challenges of educational practices that help all children to learn and to find their place in the world.
Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence
This program will help nurses, physicians, social workers and other healthcare workers to detect domestic violence and intervene to "break the cycle."
Bundle of Blues
The stories in this thoughtful documentary represent a range of experiences from minor postpartum depression through postpartum psychosis. It stresses that PPD can happen to any new mother, but that it can be managed.
Carved from the Heart
When native carver Stan Marsden decided to create a totem pole in his son's memory, the project became a focus for the entire community's need to deal with loss, tragedy and healing.
A Change of Character
Truett Allen's personality changed drastically after a series of strokes resulted in damage to the frontal lobes of his brain. 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).
Changing Your Mind
Illustrates new research in nueroplasticity and how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders.
The Checker King
Fighting poor health and depression, 81-year-old Harold O'Brien journeys to the National Checker Championship after losing his wife, Norma. This warm and inspiring story is honest about the darker realities of aging and depression.
The Chemo Ate My Homework
Kids with cancer are kids first. In between surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, they want and need to continue with their ordinary lives. A brave, dedicated, and skilled corps of teachers help to give young patients a measure of normalcy. But not all the kids make it, and teachers must develop the strength to cope with grief and carry on.
The Choice of a Lifetime
The disturbing but ultimately inspiring stories of six people, 21 to 73 and from a variety of backgrounds, who stepped back from the brink of suicide.
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.
The Dark Side of the Moon
The stories of three mentally disabled men, formerly homeless, who have overcome despair, stigma and isolation to become valued members of their community.
In this short trigger film three young adults, from different cultural backgrounds, talk frankly and movingly about what it has been like to experience the death of a parent.
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.
Depression in Older Adults
Explores the prevalence of depression among the elderly, its causes, and approaches to treatment. The video features interviews with patients as well as commentary from professionals.
Depression: Fighting the Dragon
This compelling documentary explores the growing prevalence of depression, and the research breakthroughs that could finally unlock its secrets.
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.
Drawing From Life
A half-hour film that goes inside a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide more than once.
The Elder Project
An engaging collection of short stories from our diverse community of the elderly.
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.
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.
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.
A Family Disrupted
The death of a sibling is a profound experience, representing the loss of a shared history, and an uncertain future without the cherished loved one whose companionship may sometimes have been taken for granted. Lois, Jerry, and Claire have each unexpectedly lost a sibling. They share moving insights into how they and their families have coped with grief and with the perhaps unanswerable questions of death and loss.
A Family Undertaking
Profiles the home funeral movement, and the complex psychological, cultural, legal and financial issues surrounding the growing trend of families choosing to prepare loved ones at home for burial or cremation.
For veterans living in "Famous 4A," the hospice unit at Palo Alto Hospice Care Center, life goes on and even progresses.
Yuka, almost 200 pounds and fast approaching fifty, decides the time has come to lose weight in hopes of becoming healthier and happier.
Filmmaker-in-Residence: The Complete Collection
A series of multi-platform documentaries addressing inner-city health concerns through digital storytelling. This is the complete collection of short films and a CD-ROM with resource materials.
James, a world champion kite flyer teaches Rory Heap, blind from birth, how to pursue his ambition for kite flying.
This film dramatizes the feelings of a withdrawn, depressed high school student with untreated, possibly undiagnosed learning disabilities. The teenaged filmmaker embodies each of the voices battling to control his behavior. Are these inner voices or the real voices of the people in his life: parents, teachers, school counselors, peers? Students will bring their own experiences and feelings to the discussion of this provocative trigger film.
Four Films on Grief and Bereavement
This four-part series profiles individuals who are struggling to deal with the often unexpected death of a loved one: a child, a parent, a spouse, or a sibling. Their thoughtful, courageous responses focus on dealing with the immediate impact of loss, on paths to healing, and on the ways that friends and family can help — but sometimes don’t. In sharing the pain of mourning, they explore universal experiences that will help others to begin healing.
Four people with bipolar disorder, along with their families and psychiatrists, share their struggles to achieve control over the illness and their lives.
Gambling Boys (New Release)
Looks at the growing problem of gambling addiction among teenagers.
Givin' It Up
This disturbing documentary explores the lives of three convicted sex offenders between the ages of 15 and 17 (two male, one female), all of whom were themselves sexually abused when they were younger. Their victims were children as young as four. It examines approaches to the treatment of sexual offenders while acknowledging the challenge of balancing rehabilitation with community safety.
Good Days, Bad Days
This intimate documentary profiles several individuals who love and support someone who is struggling with mental illness, examining the profound impact that these disorders can have on other family members.
Animated film by Kaz Cooke, whose character Hermoine, the Modern Girl, tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy, and bulimia in a feral fit of inadequacy.
The Gospel According to Mr. Allen
The staff of the Addicts Rehabilitation Center struggle to give addicts a sense of dignity and hope as they try to break the harsh grip of drugs.
Grey, Black and Blue: Nursing Home Violence
In this very disturbing documentary, CBC journalist take their sometimes concealed cameras into a variety of long-term care facilities to reveal patterns across North America of patients abusing other patients and what is being done — or more often not done — about it.
Grief in America
A comprehensive, multi-ethnic perspective on the ways Americans deal with grief and loss in all their forms.
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.
Helping the Impaired Physician
Substance abuse is a widespread problem for physicians; it can destroy lives and careers as well as placing patients at risk. This effective training program helps colleagues and employers to recognize the signs of addiction, and encourages them to intervene as early as possible.
Her Name Is Zelda
An intimate, sometimes troubling, portrait of life, aging, and womanhood, through the lively exploits of 85-year-old Zelda Kaplan Manhattan's oldest party animal since Disco Sally. A dancer, social butterfly, model, and humanitarian, Zelda takes life by storm, redefining what it means to be “old” in the process.
The Hidden Face of Fear
Neuroscientists and psychologists are approaching a common understanding of how the brain's fear circuitry works, and changes.
Through three disturbing portraits of Iraq veterans, this powerful documentary highlights the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder, estimated to affect as many as one in five soldiers returning from the war in Iraq.
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.
Bulimia can affect women and men from all walks of life, and it kills nearly 20 percent of its victims every year. This moving documentary profiles individuals and families affected by this eating disorder.
Toni struggled all her life to feel good about her appearance. At 61, she had finally come to peace with that issue when she suddenly contracted a disease that left half of her face paralyzed. Now she is on a different journey, an internal one, to explore the question of what role physical appearance plays in her self-perception and feelings of self worth?
Therapeutic Jurisprudence offers a new approach to meeting the needs of mentally ill people in the judicial system, by focusing on therapy and rehabilitation rather than jail.
Isn't She Lovely
This moving personal documentary is a brave attempt to understand and come to terms with a childhood profoundly affected by a parent's severe mental illness.
Just to Have a Peaceful Life
This extract of a case originally profiled in Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies is a frightening demonstration of the patterns of dependency and denial that fuel the cycle of elder abuse.
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.
Left In Baghdad
After being discharged from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a happy-go-lucky American soldier returns with his wife and daughter to their home in Kentucky.
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, they reflect on the impact that physical changes have not only on their bodies, but also on their attitudes about themselves, and on the way they are perceived by society.
Login 2 Life (New Release)
Profiles seven people, two of whom are disabled, who spend most of their lives in online virtual worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft.
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.
From trying to re-spark his romantic life with his wife Ettie to keeping his work going with his son Spencer, Tom Luckey wrestles with his new condition as a paralyzed person.
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.
Matt Kailey: A Conversation
This portrait of Matt Kailey, a female-to-male transsexual, illuminates issues surrounding sexuality, gender, and identity in an open, accessible way appropriate for all audiences.
People with mental illnesses discuss the positive and negative impact of their psychiatric medications.
Montaña de Luz
Meet the children of the Montaña de Luz orphanage who are HIV positive and a living testament to the beauty and innocence of childhood in the face of adversity beyond their years. This documentary paints a stirring portrait of a loving community where nothing is truly certain but home, and where each birthday is a celebration of dreams fulfilled and dreams to come.
Follows the stories of two extraordinary women, diagnosed with end stage cancer, who are facing death head on, determined to lead richer, more rewarding lives in the time that they have. Threaded through their narratives are the perspectives of hospice workers, funeral directors, bereavement counselors and others who deal with death on a daily basis.
A Need to Connect
An honest, intimate portrait of a young woman who attempted suicide after the man she loved killed himself in her presence.
Not A Game
A stark, graphic warning about crystal meth aimed especially at pre-teens and younger children who might be influenced by older kids to "experiment." Classroom scenes show students practicing "refusal skills," and a plain-talking physician asks "What part of your brain would you like to do without?"
Not Just a Bad Day
Living under the shadow of one of the most commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses - bipolar dIsorder.
Nuestra Salud: Lesbianas Latinas Rompiendo Barreras
A six-part Spanish-language series promoting preventive care and wellness for Latina lesbians. Individual programs deal with mental health, addiction, preventive care, breast self-examination, safer sex and STD's, and domestic violence. English subtitles.
OCD: The War Inside
Explores the causes and possible treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, through the painful and occasionally funny stories of four children and adults with OCD.
One in 2000
Each year an estimated 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 and sympathetic profiles of people born with intersex conditions who are living "ordinary" and productive lives.
The Other Side of Blue
Eight to ten percent of teens may suffer from clinical depression, and many of these young people may attempt suicide. This provocative video focuses on its nature, causes, symptoms, and consequences, and on how the social stigma associated with depression blocks some teens from seeking help.
Out of Order
When children die before their parents, it seems a violation of the natural order of things. In this short documentary, three couples talk of what they've gone through since the recent deaths of their children through illness, accident, or suicide.
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.
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.
The filmmaker uses time-lapse photography, stop-motion animation, and creative sound design to convey the emotions associated with the experience of panic attacks.
We are barraged by media images that unrealistically glamorize and sexualize women and girls. This lively and engaging film explores the impact these messages have on young women's physical, psychological and emotional health, and offers tools to begin dissecting the media that influence our behaviors, attitudes, and values.
Pitch of Grief
Explores the process of grieving through interviews with four bereaved men and women, young and old.
The autistic rights movement has challenged accepted views of autism, and worked to change how the world sees people with autism. Meet people at the forefront of this movement, and find out what they see as the positive aspects of living with autism.
Post Partum Depression
It's not just the "baby blues." This video is about the perhaps 2% of new mothers who experience the severe depression, delusions, paranoia and other symptoms of postpartum psychosis.
Precious Lives, Meaningful Choices
Among children with multiple special needs are some whose medical conditions will severely limit their potential lives. Their parents struggle to give them the best possible quality of life while knowing that the time they have is limited. The four families in this film embrace their children's lives with courage, love, and hope in the midst of uncertainty.
Principles & Practices of Building Community Special (New Release)
Seven sessions of training providing skills and education on some of the most important concepts of community inclusion.
Profiles of psychiatric nurses and the vital work they do in community mental healthcare, in home health, and in the hospital.
The dramatic story of one teenage drug addict and runaway highlights a unique, 12-month alcohol and drug therapy program which treats both the abuser and his or her parents.
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.
This powerful film explores the tragic aftermath of a young man’s suicide, and its devastating impact on his entire family.
Safety in Numbers
With pathos and humor, this short, experimental drama explores the sometimes unclear boundaries between the behaviors of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and "normalcy."
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.
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.
Shadows and Lies
This powerful and honest documentary profiles four women who are working themselves free from the deadly grip of eating disorders, and from the overwhelming physical and psychological complications associated with these deadly diseases.
Three young women and men confront the intense emotions surrounding their parents' divorces, and the breakup of their families.
This provocative documentary explores the damaging lengths to which teenage boys may go to achieve the muscular, "shredded," look of action-movie stars and comic book superheroes. "If this screws me up, it screws me up," says one. "I want to get big quick."
What we now call PTSD once had other names: Civil War Soldiers suffered from ‘soldier’s heart.’ and in World War, ‘shell shock.’ The filmmaker’s father came back from World War II with ‘combat fatigue,’ and the trauma of his wartime experiences affected his entire family. First released in 1988, this devastating documentary is even more relevant today.
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.
State of Mind
Albert Pesso trains mental-health care works in Kinshasa, Congo, in a technique to help genocide survivors overcome the traumas they witnessed and endured.
Step on a Crack
Six people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder describe how they have learned to cope through medication, psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and mutual support.
A comprehensive resource intended to aid stroke survivors and their caregivers during the ongoing recovery process.
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. Hoarding is widely thought to be related to OCD, but this film notes that recent studies suggest it may be a neurologically distinct condition.
Seven people from a variety of cultural backgrounds speak openly about how they have been affected by the death of someone close to them, and about the ways they have found to survive their loss.
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.
There Was a Child
Sensitively demonstrates the impact that losing a pregnancy, or the birth of a stillborn child, has had on three mothers and a father.
Those Who Stay Behind
Interviews with five recently bereaved people offer a guide to help others navigate the healthcare system, the medical decisions they must make, and their own grief process.
Toward Daylight (New Release)
Suicide is never the final word for those left behind. It alters lives forever and crosses all human boundaries. TOWARD DAYLIGHT kindles the hope necessary for the living to face, and then move on from, the pain and loss of suicide.
Twitch and Shout
People with the sometimes startling symptoms of Tourette Syndrome contend with a society which often sees them as crazy, and with bodies and minds that won't always do what they're told.
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. It takes an upbeat look at students attending a private day school.
In the aftermath of a spouse's death, people may feel that they don't know how to behave, or even to mourn properly. Alone for the first time in years, grieving spouses often feel that there is no one there to help them sort through this devastation. Four people at varying stages of dealing with the loss of a spouse explain what worked and did not work for them during the months and years after their loss.
The Vanishing Line
Chronicles one physician's exploration of how to try and meet the needs of the dying and their families.
A Video Essay on Teenage Grief
Ninety percent of children in the United States may experience the loss of a loved one by the time they are eighteen. In this two-part DVD, five young women meet to share their experiences of grief over the loss of their fathers from suicide, accident, a drug overdose, and cancer.
The Weight of Obesity
Obesity is second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. This documentary takes an accessible, non-clinical approach that communicates the serious consequences of obesity, while also offering strategies for change.
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.
When Gambling is No Longer Fun
Gambling can seem like an innocent way for retirees and other older adults to spend free time, have a little fun, meet new people. But what happens when the urge to gamble goes past entertainment to addiction?
When Help Was There
This powerful video examines the crisis of elder abuse through four ethnically diverse cases of physical, emotional, and financial abuse.
When the Brain Goes Wrong
Portraits of individuals with brain dysfunctions including schizophrenia, manic depression, epilepsy, stroke, head injury, headaches and addiction. Physicians add information about causes and treatments.
Working Like Crazy
Once labeled "unemployable," these psychiatric survivors work and run businesses where they can make a living, rebuild their lives, connect with others, and contribute to society.
The narratives of ten people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder show it to be a "shape-shifter," its symptoms mutating sometimes erupting, sometimes controlled, but never quite disappearing.
This short video follows two drug users through a groundbreaking program that teaches the signs of drug overdose and the basic CPR needed to save lives. In an unusual and controversial approach, the DOPE program also prescribes the antidote Narcan directly to drug users.