(Sickle Cell Anemia) The children and young people seen in this moving documentary appear healthy, yet they live with the daily threat of excruciating pain and hospitalization. This program examines the devastating impact of sickle cell disease on these young people and their families and caregivers. Dubbed in Spanish.
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.'
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.
A smart outspoken teenager, Allison, not only took on her own high school’s cafeteria, but set out to help other students across Ontario to lobby their schools for better food as well. Teenagers will relate to this engaging documentary, following Allison and her posse of food advocates as they go undercover to collect the evidence and testimony.
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.
Children of the Stars
This film explores the harsh reality of raising children with autism in modern day China. It provides moving insights into the hardships parents face and reminds us painfully of conditions that prevailed in the United States not so very many years ago.
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.
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 documents a year in the lives of three families devastated by this powerful, seductive drug.
A Doula Story
Community-based doulas (birth attendants) provide prenatal, childbirth and parenting support, and are a reassuring presence before, during and after birth. This program documents one woman's fierce commitment to empower pregnant teenagers with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident, nurturing mothers.
Edges of Perception
Eleven-year-old Jessica has Stargardt's, an inherited eye disease. She is legally blind, but with the calm, determined support of her parents and teachers she attends a regular classroom, plays soccer, and is a serious runner. She wants to meet her inspiration, Marla Runyan, a legally blind Olympic runner who also has Stargardt's.
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.
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 Food/Bad Food
Clear, accessible, and often humorous, this program examines the alarming rise of childhood obesity in the United States, while demonstrating effective ways that educators and parents can prevent and reverse the effects of this tragic epidemic.
Animated film by Kaz Cooke, whose character Hermoine, the Modern Girl, tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy, and bulimia in a feral fit of inadequacy.
How I Am
"I'm like a hermit on an island," is the way Patrick describes his life with autism. With the dreams and fears of a teenager, but wisdom beyond his years, Patrick takes us into his emotional world through the words he painstakingly types into his computer.
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.
Inner Views of Grief
Five young adults eloquently describe their reactions to the sudden, sometimes violent death of a parent, sibling, or friend.
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.
Kiss My Wheels
Through an exhilarating season of training and competition, the members of a junior wheelchair basketball team deal with difficult issues, from gender conflicts to injury, illness, and thoughts of death.
Let Them Eat Cake
Against the backdrop of the "Texas Cupcake Controversy," this humorous documentary takes a close look at the processed food industry and at the ways that junk food and beverages are marketed to children a factor believed to be a major contributor to today's epidemic of obesity.
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.
A Mind of Your Own
It's been estimated that every classroom has two or three kids with learning disabilities. This video profiles four courageous kids who don't let learning difficulties hold them back or get them down.
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.
More Than Horseplay
Explores the intersection of therapy and research, while offering a joyous look at the experiences of three children with cerebral palsy as they grow in self-confidence and physical capability through participation in "hippotherapy," a form of physiotherapy involving horseback riding.
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 Cancer Patient
Focusing on several articulate teens undergoing treatment, this video helps nurses, physicians, social workers and psychologists understand the needs and feelings of this special population.
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.
A humorous but penetrating celebration of menarche, the first menstrual period, featuring comments and recollections from women 8 to 84, from various backgrounds.
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.
Pictures from Camp
At a very special summer camp, a group of child cancer patients, ages 6 to 16, discover that there can still be room in their lives for normal adolescent experiences.
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.
This video introduces viewers to a remarkable young man born with Down syndrome and it is a powerful example of what can happen when a child is encouraged to develop to his full potential, regardless of others perceptions about his abilities. DVD version has both closed-captions and audio description.
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.
This powerful film explores the tragic aftermath of a young man’s suicide, and its devastating impact on his entire family.
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?
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."
Sickle Cell Disease
The children and young people seen in this moving documentary appear healthy, yet they live with the daily threat of excruciating pain and hospitalization. This program examines the devastating impact of sickle cell disease on these young people and their families and caregivers.
Sickle Cell Disease - English and Spanish Versions
The children and young people seen in this moving documentary appear healthy, yet they live with the daily threat of excruciating pain and hospitalization. This program examines the devastating impact of sickle cell disease on these young people and their families and caregivers. Purchase both the English and the Spanish-dubbed versions of this video.
Many people in rural communities still cling to the belief that AIDS is a big city disease, that it only affects gays and drug users, that "it can't happen here." As a result, while AIDS is declining a bit in major cities, it is actually on the rise in smaller towns and less populated areas.
Song of Our Children
The stories of four memorable children — from preschool age to high school — demonstrate the challenges, strategies, and benefits of educational inclusion for all. Meet teachers, administrators, parents, and students whose daily struggles and triumphs exemplify what inclusion really means and what it takes to make it work.
Takes a hard look at the issue of children in the sex trade through the eyes of the teenaged boys and girls who are being exploited in the fast-growing business of selling children for sex in North America.
Stories No One Wants to Hear
An experimental documentary combining interviews and poetic video art to explore the process of remembering childhood trauma: incest by mothers and siblings.
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.
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.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for men under the age of 35. Narrated by an Olympic gold snowboarder, this documentary tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage from head injuries while pursuing extreme sports.