Issues & Ethics
All in One Basket
Follows three women through the process of paid egg donation, to explore ethical questions about the use of hormones, genetic selection for preferred physical traits, the role of money in reproductive medicine, and informed consent.
An unsentimental look at the lives of children who live in a homeless shelter, and at the adults who try to help them.
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.
At My Mother's Breast
The filmmaker's mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all had breast cancer; she grew up knowing that she might be next. An extraordinary portrait of a family of brave, strong women finding unity in facing a terrifying and tragic genetic legacy.
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.
Bevel Up: Drugs, Users & Outreach Nursing
How can nurses deliver effective and compassionate healthcare to drug users? 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 alleys, shelters, and skid row hotels of the inner city.
Bisexual Virgins: Crossing the Line
Follow two "bi-curious" women unsure about their sexual identity but want to explore the possibilities. Following the two young women as they confront their fears and inhibitions, this engaging, non-confrontational documentary invites us to look at the fluidity of sexuality in a whole new way.
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."
Explores the tragic personal and social impact of asbestos-related disease, through the stories of several former asbestos workers.
Should media campaigns (in this case, soliciting contributions to pay for bone marrow transplants) be allowed to influence the allocation of precious healthcare resources?
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.
Caring at the End of Life
Based on six case studies of seriously ill hospitalized patients, this moving film focuses on the key roles of nursing staff in improving patient-clinician communication in end-of-life care.
Caring at the End of Life with related study films
This three-part series deals with end-of-life care and decision making in the hospital, through profiles of several severely ill patients and the staff who deal with them.
Chasing the Cancer Answer
There are predictions that one in two North Americans in the next generation will be diagnosed with cancer. Wendy Mesley had followed all the rules for healthy living, but she still got sick. In her quest for answers she comes across disturbing clues about the role of environmental contaminants, and asks whether, with our focus on treatment, drugs and the ever-elusive cancer cure, we may be ignoring the importance of prevention
Claire is a nurse but, she says, "I've learned some things since I was the patient." When the physician gave her the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, she understood the words, "but I couldn't hear anything he was saying." One in a series of brief, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators.
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.
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.
A nurse and physician confront the hospital's ethics committee with their conflict over whether to withhold the truth about their patient's condition.
Discussing Advance Directives
A nursing team and physician meet to discuss the difficulties they encounter in working with patients on advance directives. Part of the Caring at the End of Life series.
Does Anyone Die of AIDS Anymore?
For some patients, advances in treatment have transformed HIV from a death sentence to a chronic illness, tens of thousands are still dying of AIDS in the U.S., and more will die because of ignorance and denial.
Donka: X-Ray of an African Hospital
Daily life in the largest public hospital in the Republic of Guinea
Dreams and Dilemmas
Follows a couple and their premature twins during six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as it explores ethical dilemmas raised by advances in neonatal medicine.
Dreams and Dilemmas DVD Set
Two DVD Set. Follows a couple and their premature twins during six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as it explores ethical dilemmas raised by advances in neonatal medicine.
Dying to Live
Captures a year in the lives of four people waiting for life-saving organ transplants.
The Elder Project (New Release)
An engaging collection of short stories from our diverse community of the elderly.
Ethics Thru Drama
A powerful and evocative series of short, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators, and designed to focus discussion on complex ethical issues in end-of-life care.
Through the story of one young visiting nurse and her elderly patient, Gerardo, this challenging documentary explores personal, professional, and ethical dilemmas faced by nurses working in home care and community settings.
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.
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.
A Fate Worse than Death?
Families and caregivers confront the heartrending decision of whether to withdraw artificial life supports from loved ones in a coma or vegetative state.
First Do No Harm
'Intersex' describes conditions in which a person is born with mixed or ambiguous sexual anatomy. This video argues for a new understanding of this condition and for a new, patient-centered standard of care.
Front Wards, Back Wards
They were called idiots, simpletons and fools, and for 160 years Fernald State School America’s first institution for people who were then labeled mentally retarded was where they would stay. Through the recollections of staff, residents and families, this program profiles the evolution of our attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities.
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.
The Good Egg
Becoming a paid egg donor: it started as a way to finance her first film, but became an engaging journey through some of the personal and ethical realities of today's reproductive technology.
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.
Blends humor, music and insight in an entertaining primer for physicians and other healthcare providers who need to talk with patients about end-of-life decisions.
The U.S. has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of elderly men and women in state and federal prisons. This troubling documentary introduces us to two elderly prison inmates, inviting discussion of the universal issues raised by this situation.
A Healing Place
Profiles the staff and guests of a respite program for homeless and elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital but are unable to manage their own care at home or on the street.
Healthcare for the Homeless
Looks at several innovative programs healthcare workers have created to meet the needs of homeless patients.
Healthlink Curriculum for Nurses & DVD (New Release)
A curriculum for nurses and nursing students about the needs of children and adults with disabilities who are medically fragile.
Help Me Die
Explores the controversial subject of euthanasia, through the stories of people who seek to end their pain through suicide, and others who choose hospice care.
Helping the Impaired Pharmacist
Drug abuse by pharmacists impacts not only their own lives but the lives and health of their patients. This effective training program helps colleagues and employers to recognize the signs of abuse, and encourages them to intervene as early as possible.
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.
Hold Your Breath
Mohammad Kochi, a devout Muslim immigrant, faces possible death from stomach cancer. His American doctors try to comprehend his faith and respect his viewpoints, but cultural and linguistic confusions complicate his treatment. His story, first summarized in the acclaimed Worlds Apart series, is a powerful argument for the necessity of cultural competence and diversity training.
In Our Midst
Neonatal intensive care units save thousands of infant lives each year. This film profiles a family whose children are all "graduates" of the NICU, and explores the impact of medical technology on their lives.
In The Family
At the age of 27, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the BRCA gene, a familial mutation that drastically increases the odds of getting breast and ovarian cancer. This film documents her journey through the unpredictable world of predictive genetic testing and the choices she must make.
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).
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.
An up-close and personal encounter with this influential theorist and author of the best-seller Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.
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. The limited services they provide are the only medical care available in this war-torn region.
Killed by Care (New Release)
Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of medical mistakes. This film looks at how to fix the healthcare system to cut deaths.
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.
Lest We Forget: Silent Voices
Documenting the least-known part of the civil rights movement, these are the first-person stories of people with developmental disabilities — labeled “mentally defective” — who were sent away to state institutions. It also features the voices of the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who were left behind, as well as pioneering professionals and advocates who put their own lives and careers in jeopardy to change the system.
Life Support Decisions
Will help elders, and their families and caregivers, to understand their rights and options regarding life-support technologies and end-of-life care and decision making.
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.
Meet Us Where We Are
People with physical and developmental disabilities are frequent victims of crime, but the problem has been under-reported, and sometimes ignored by government and community agencies.
More than a Failing Heart
Family members describe examples of the best of end-of-life care, and of the worst, and reveal how competent and compassionate physicians and nurses can change the end-of-life experience.
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.
No Time to Waste
Three different hospitals demonstrate innovative approaches their staff have developed for minimizing solid waste, and for saving money at the same time.
Nurses: The Web of Denial
Celebrates the strength and tenacity of nurses who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, while emphasizing the need for supports within the profession.
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.
Pain Management or Drug Abuse
An engaging training video for law enforcement officers involved in investigation of drug diversion. It offers practical tips and guidelines that will help them distinguish between legitimate medical practice and behavior that may warrant an investigation.
Peter, Donald, Willie, Pat
Video portraits of four homeless men living in a respite shelter, this video documents both their problems and their survival strategies.
A Plastic Story
The remarkable history of the surprising origins and development of this now common medical field of plastic surgery.
Preventing Drug Diversion: A Program for Pharmacists
Pharmacists have a responsibility to prevent diversion of drugs into the street market. This entertaining video will help train them to distinguish con men and addicts from legitimate patients without increasing costs or compromising patient care.
Preventing Drug Diversion: A Program for Physicians
This dramatic and engaging training film will teach physicians and other healthcare professionals to avoid drug diversion by addicts and recreational drug users without unduly increasing costs and without compromising patient care.
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.
Actual case scenarios challenge social workers to explore the sometimes fine line between sound ethical practice and professional misconduct. Not Available for Rental
Rape By Any Name
Weaves the stories of three acquaintance rape survivors together with the views, attitudes and biases both of professionals and of high school and college students.
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.
The Right to Decide
Informed by the Patient Self-Determination Act, these outstanding physician-patient interviews explore patients' hopes, fears, and goals regarding end-of-life care.
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.
This unflinching portrait was filmed in Australia's Northern Territory, where Parliament was debating the world's first legislation guaranteeing terminally ill people the right to a physician-assisted death. It includes articulate testimony from physicians on both sides of this controversial issue, but its primary focus is on one courageous man's determination to confront death in his own way.
A Sentence for Two
Women who deliver babies in prison have few options; if they can’t find a family member to care for the infant, they will need to place it in foster care, or choose adoption — possibly never to be reunited. This film contrasts the stories of four Oregon inmates with a New York prison nursery where Dr. Mary Byrne has been studying infant development during the first year of life in prison.
Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities
These two videos focus on meeting the needs of people with physical and developmental disabilities who have been victims of crime. Note: Audio-described as well as captioned.
Homeless, poor, and HIV positive, Sheila lacks the social supports, including insurance, that might help her face terminal illness with some kind of dignity. Yet she struggles to "celebrate who I am: a loudmouth and a caretaker." One in a series of brief, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators.
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.
This disturbing case study raises complex issues about medical prognosis and religious belief in end-of-life decision-making. Part of the Caring at the End of Life series.
Explores the emotional relationship between medical students in anatomy courses and the cadavers which make it possible for them to learn about the human body. The film includes a discussion of body donation.
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.
Introduces us to several displaced and homeless families, and to the often over-burdened people who try to help them.
Surrounded by Waves
A global exploration of the health impacts of electromagnetic waves in our wireless technology.
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.
Ten Commandments of Communicating With People With Disabilities (New Release)
This top selling video is used to train staff and community about disability etiquette.
Thwarting the Illicit Drug Seeker
This comprehensive training video offers dentists and their staff simple steps that will help them to distinguish addicts and con artists from legitimate patients, and to avoid diversion of controlled drugs to the street market.
The Time is Now
People with physical and developmental disabilities are frequent victims of crime, but the problem has been under-reported, and sometimes ignored by government and community agencies.
To Choose No Harm
Two healthcare teams must resolve conflicts between the wishes of dying patients and family members, and their own beliefs and clinical judgements. The cases are also discussed by the hospital ethics committee.
Tracked Down by Our Genes
Explores the new possibilities and dangers created by the Human Genome Project's decoding of human DNA.
Training Parent Facilitators
How can hospitals accommodate parents’ wish to support their children during invasive procedures or resuscitation, while ensuring that clinicians can deliver optimum care? This video documents an innovative training program for “parent facilitators.” It uses realistic simulations in which staff members interact with specially trained actors portraying the parents of a sick or injured child undergoing emergency treatment.
A breast cancer patient confronts difficult moral and spiritual issues as she comes to grips with the fact that her illness is terminal. One in a series of brief, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators.
Two Films On End-Of-Life Issues
Help Me Die explores the controversial subject of euthanasia, and the issues involved when terminally ill loved ones ask a physician or family member for help in dying (48 minutes.) A Fate Worse than Death? follows several families who must decide whether to withdraw artificial life support from a loved one in a coma or vegetative state (50 Minutes.)
Follows the stories of six individuals from diverse backgrounds as they deal with the physical and psychological implication of new HIV drug therapies.
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 Wrong With This Picture
Families with children now make up more than a third of America's homeless. This video offers first-person insights into the realities of the homeless working poor.
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?
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.
Women: Coming Out of the Shadows
Ten women, of all ages and from all walks of life, share their stories of alcohol addiction and recovery.