The Andre Show
The filmmaker and her adopted son, who was born with HIV, share the story of their extraordinary friendship, and of the challenges of Andre's short yet intense life.
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.
Autism: Warming to its Cold Embrace (New Release)
A personal journey into a child's autism diagnosis with filmmaker Robert Parish.
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.
The Boy Inside
The distressing story of the filmmaker's son Adam, a 12-year-old with Asperger Syndrome, during a tumultuous year in the life of their family. AS makes Adam's life in seventh grade a minefield, where he finds himself isolated and bullied. As he struggles to find a place for himself, his troubles escalate, both at school and at home.
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."
A Chance to Grow
Follows three families whose babies are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Their stories demonstrate the capacity of ordinary individuals to adapt to crises with extraordinary grace and courage.
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.
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.
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.
Don't Give Up
A year in the life of a four-year-old who has autism, focusing on a special therapy program designed to break through Adrian's communications barriers.
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.
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.
The Elder Project
An engaging collection of short stories from our diverse community of the elderly.
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.
Brings to life the emotional challenge of accepting the diagnosis that a family member has Alzheimer's disease, and of finding new ways to relate and communicate within the family. It's a frightening and humbling journey, but this engaging program offers some guideposts along the way.
The Family Meal
Obesity is second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. This documentary suggests that one cause of today's obesity crisis is the decline of the family meal.
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.
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 donít. In sharing the pain of mourning, they explore universal experiences that will help others to begin healing.
Fragile X Family
Takes viewers inside the lives of a developmentally disabled family who are affected by Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited chromosomal disorder which is the second most common cause of mental retardation.
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.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
In what was supposed to be their "golden years," four million grandparents across the country are raising their children's children. This video tells some of their stories.
Growing Up and Growing Old
Who will care for the estimated 14 million people who will soon need long-term care? How will we pay for it? Meet several caregivers who are struggling daily with the problems of caring for elderly parents or clients.
He's Doing This to Spite Me
In this frank video, three caregivers openly share their experiences of conflict and frustration in interactions with their loved one who has dementia. These scenes are integrated with comments and guidance from professionals in dementia care.
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.
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.
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.
Love Makes a Family
This video profiles several gay parents, in a variety of family situations, and also includes interviews with a psychologist and therapist who work with gay families.
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.
Profile of the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, D.C. which primarily serves and is likewise staffed by the African American community, providing prenatal, birth, postpartum, gynecological and other pediatric care.
Men Talk Sex
Revealing, amusing, frequently exasperating, 20 men from a variety of races, ages, and backgrounds speak out on sex and sexuality. Contains graphic language.
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.
Mother Never Gives Up Hope, A
Shares the candid and powerful stories of Ruth, Lova, Anne and Ritaófour women who are dealing with abuse at the hands of an adult son.
The Mothers' Triangle
Mary was 16 when Christina was born; now, at 18, Christina is a mother too. Best friends, mother and daughter, jealous rivals will their intense but fragile relationship survive the escalating conflicts triggered by Cristian's arrival?
My Mother, My Father
Moving, sometimes troubling portraits of four families caring for aging parents. Their choices include care at home, the use of a variety of support services, and nursing home placement.
My Mother, My Father Series
This two-part series portrays four families caring for aging parents. Their choices include care at home, use of a variety of support services, and nursing home placement. The follow up video revisits each family after a period of seven years, to explore changes in family dynamics and the caregivers' thoughts about their own aging.
My Mother, My Father... Seven Years Later
Revisits the families first seen in My Mother, My Father, to explore changes in family dynamics and the caregivers' thoughts about their own aging.
The filmmaker explores the costs and rewards of becoming a full-time father; with his own father, he reflects on changes in fathering styles between the two generations.
"The human heart is a miracle of evolution too bad mine was busted." Born with a congenital heart defect, 27-year-old Marc is facing his third open-heart surgery, not to mention anxious divorced parents who haven't seen each other in years.
The stories and honest reactions of seven adults, ages 18 to 40, who were raised by lesbian mothers.
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.
Positive Images of Aging
This compilation DVD offers instructors and discussion leaders fourteen 3-5 minute video segments, each of which reflects on a positive aspect of aging. Segments can be shown individually or together as needed, and can easily be incorporated into classroom lectures or PowerPoint presentations.
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.
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.
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 manís 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?
Three young women and men confront the intense emotions surrounding their parents' divorces, and the breakup of their families.
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.
Introduces us to several displaced and homeless families, and to the often over-burdened people who try to help them.
When Boris Baberkoff suffers a heavy stroke, his wife, director Katarina Peters, develops an extremely individual strategy for survival: she clings to her video camera.
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.
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.
From Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side), this powerful, unusual documentary gives voice to people with disabilities who are struggling to be recognized as sexual beings, free to explore their sexuality and to lead sexually fulfilling lives.
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 Parents Can't Fix It
Looks at the stresses and rewards in the lives of five families who are raising children with disabilities. A realistic look at different family strengths and coping styles.
When Women Go Through Menopause, Where do Men Go?
A humorous, engaging, but informative documentary on men's reactions to reaching midlife.
White Cane and Wheels
Carmen and Steve once dreamed of lives on stage and screen, but their plans were cut short by her blindness and his muscular dystrophy. This program is a funny and touching exploration of a relationship filled with frustration, but held together with patience, stubbornness, forgiveness and love.
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.