Two physicians and four nurses reflect on the fears, frustrations - and rewards - of caring for patients with HIV/AIDS.
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.
Alzheimer's & African Americans: Echoes from the Past
Examines the high incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the African-American community, through the first-hand experiences of families who are providing care for a loved one with this devastating dementia. Health professionals offer realistic discussion of diagnosis and treatment, as well as genetic factors, financial concerns, and caregiver stress.
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.
(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.
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.
The Angry Heart
Spotlights the epidemic of heart disease among African Americans through the story of 45-year-old Keith Hartgrove, who has already experienced two heart attacks and quadruple bypass surgery.
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.
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.
Banking Our Genes
Invites viewers to think about the ethical, public policy, and privacy issues involved in the collection and banking of DNA data about individuals.
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.
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.
Beyond the Loss of the Breast
Explores the meaning and impact of metastatic breast cancer through the personal narratives and poetry of the filmmaker and two other women.
Fighting AIDS with community medicine in Malawi.
Black Dawn: The Next Pandemic
We seem to have escaped the threat of a global bird flu pandemic, but what about next time? This gripping docudrama, based on scientific reality, imagines what it would be like if it actually happens. Many experts predict that such a pandemic will occur, and could be more lethal than all of the world's previous plagues.
Bodies and Souls
Sister Manette, a nurse practitioner, and a white Catholic nun, runs the only health clinic in Jonestown, a largely African-American town in the heart of the Mississippi delta, where many people haven't seen a doctor more than once or twice in their lives.
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.
When 78-year-old Lois Perelman recently developed Emphysema, she was devastated at the thought that she would have to carry an oxygen tank around for the rest of her life. Determined not to let her own past stereotypes of people on oxygen affect her enthusiasm for life, she set out to change the tape in her own head — and society’s views of aging and disability as well.
The Burden of Knowledge
Seven couples, healthcare and genetic specialists, and others explore the ethical and emotional implications of prenatal testing for genetic defects.
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.
Follows brain cancer patients and the loved ones who care for them as they face painful and frightening medical procedures and their side effects, while trying to balance hope and realism in the face of a discouraging prognosis.
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.
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.
Changing Your Mind
Illustrates new research in nueroplasticity and how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Follows the nurses, physicians, social workers and clergy who make up the hospice team, and demonstrates the ways they collaborate to help patients and families.
A multi-cultural array of patients, clinicians, and other healthcare workers explore the many ways that differences in culture, race and ethnicity affect health and the delivery of healthcare services.
Country Doctors, Rural Medicine
Health care in rural America is in trouble. While rural populations grow older, poorer and sicker, doctors, nurse-practitioners, and other healthcare providers are in critically short supply. Yet there are many rewards for professionals who choose to serve rural communities.
Examines the social and emotional issues involved in genetic testing, as it follows one family during their months-long wait for the results of the mother's test for Huntington's disease.
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.
Difficult Conversations in Pediatric Palliative Care
This video demonstrates an innovative approach to training healthcare professionals to better respond to the psychosocial needs of very ill children and their parents. Using actors to portray the parents of a comatose child, the video is designed to improve the communication skills and relational abilities of trainees and staff members who must deliver and discuss difficult news with pediatric patients and their families.
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.
A Disease Called Pain
What is chronic pain, what are its triggers, and what can be done about it? Clinicians and researchers explore chronic pain through the personal stories of several individuals suffering from the disease.
DNA and Cystic Fibrosis
The stories of two teens with Cystic Fibrosis make the point that many of the medical breakthroughs seemingly promised by genetic science have yet to be achieved.
DNA: Discovering the Blueprint
Looks back at the astounding discovery, 50 years ago, of the structure of the genetic code, and recognizes the crucial but often unrecognized role played by a woman scientist, Rosalind Franklin.
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
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.
Drawing From Life
A half-hour film that goes inside a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide more than once.
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 Drop-in Group
A training package which profiles an AIDS prevention and education program for the mentally ill.
Dying to Live
Captures a year in the lives of four people waiting for life-saving organ transplants.
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.
The Elder Project
An engaging collection of short stories from our diverse community of the elderly.
Emergency! A Critical Situation
The filmmakers take us inside the emergency room for a look at the working lives of the women and men who deal every single day with the fallout of the financial crisis in healthcare. In French with English subtitles.
This program focuses on people who experience complex partial seizures, and whose symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed as psychiatric or emotional disorders.
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.
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.
Facing Ovarian Cancer: A Woman's Guide
Ovarian caner is the sixth most common cause of cancer death in women. This ground-breaking program is designed for women who have just been diagnosed with it and includes interviews with leading oncologists, psychologists, nurses and social workers, as well as a wide range of women who are living with ovarian cancer.
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.
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.
Finding Your Way
Adult and adolescent patients learn simple behavioral techniques which help them reduce anxiety and cope with the pain of cancer treatment.
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.
James, a world champion kite flyer teaches Rory Heap, blind from birth, how to pursue his ambition for kite flying.
Freedom of Sexual Expression
Looks at sexuality and intimacy as basic human rights for those living with a decreased cognizance in a nursing home.
The Freedom Program
Stresses the impact which minimizing the use of physical restraints can have on the patient care; demonstrates ways to minimize and find simple alternative to restraints.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guinea Worm: The End Of The Road
Examines the nearly successful fight to eradicate a water borne parasite in Africa.
Examines the roots and present-day realities of the nursing profession, and encourages nurses to stand up for their rights as professionals.
The Healers of 400 Parnassus
An examination of healthcare at its best, this is a portrait of a multidisciplinary team of professionals confronting the daily realities of caring for people with HIV/AIDS.
The Healing Arts: New Pathways to Health
This compelling and evocative documentary profiles a unique program which uses the arts in an innovative treatment approach for people living with chronic, disabling physical and emotional challenges. It integrates technology, writing, music, theater, dance, and other arts into patient care, staff training, and wellness programs.
Healthcare for the Homeless
Looks at several innovative programs healthcare workers have created to meet the needs of homeless patients.
Healthlink Curriculum for Nurses and DVD (New Release)
A curriculum for nurses and nursing students about the needs of children and adults with disabilities who are medically fragile.
Nurses discuss the value of primary nursing, and how they sustain the continuity of caring relationships through multiple admissions, transfers, and eventual discharge to the home.
Hello in There
Captures the rewards and challenges of "person-centered care" in nursing: relating to patients as whole people, with histories and values that go beyond their current medical needs.
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.
Hepatitis C: A Viral Mystery
Hepatitis C is a viral disease of the liver which affects nearly four million Americans. Although about 10,000 people die each year from diseases associated with Hepatitis C, it is not an automatic death sentence.
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.
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.
How Can We Love You?
Focuses on the feelings and experiences of women living with metastatic breast cancer through the stories of two women who traveled across North America performing in a play on the subject.
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.
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?
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).
The Journey Home
The candid stories of five patients exemplify the unique gifts of hope, relief, and dignity that hospice care programs offer to thousands of terminally ill patients each year.
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
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.
Learning to Hear
This moving documentary explores the lives of two deaf women who have opted to have cochlear implant surgery that enables them to recover their hearing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Look For Me Here
The final days in the life of a woman with metastatic cancer, who has chosen to forego further treatment, and to face death with friends and hospice care at home.
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.
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.
Should prenatal genetic testing determine who is to be born? Families who have had children with serious genetic conditions discuss their own choices, with commentary by several bioethicists and genetic scientists.
Examines the myths and misconceptions about menopause as well as its realities; both conventional and alternative therapies are discussed.
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.
Morphine on Trial
Despite evidence of its effectiveness, the use of opioids in managing chronic pain remains controversial. Medical and nursing specialists explore experiences in the U.S. and Canada.
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.
For six years, actor and director Alison Peebles has been keeping a secret: she has multiple sclerosis. Now, in the midst of working on an important TV series, she finds she can no longer hide her symptoms. She's afraid this revelation may destroy her career and she'll also have to kiss goodbye to her sexy, high-heeled shoes.
Follows three individuals whose lives and relationships have been disrupted by this sleep disorcer. A sleep specialist offers comprehensive scientific information about narcolepsy.
Not Just a Bad Day
Living under the shadow of one of the most commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses - bipolar dIsorder.
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.
Not So Sweet
Explores new approaches to the prevention and control of diabetes, and shows that it is possible to live a normal life with the disease. Includes a section on diabetes in Native American communities.
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.
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.
Nursing Shortage/Level Three
Demonstrates the growing impact on patients and families as budget pressures lead hospitals to cut back their nursing staffs.
Old Enough to Know Better
The remarkable story of the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, a University whose student body is composed entirely of retired persons.
One in Eight
Janice was 33 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is an irreverent and highly personal look at one woman's fight with a disease that affects one in eight women.
"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.
A portrayal of the history and great public health impact of public health nursing programs in both urban and rural communities. Not Available for Rental.
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.
Parkinson's: Lynda's Story
Parkinson's disease is robbing Lynda McKenzie of normal coordination and movement. She's prepared to participate in a clinical study of surgery to transplant fetal cells directly into her brain, but she will have to live for a year not knowing whether she has received the actual cells or a placebo.
A humorous but penetrating celebration of menarche, the first menstrual period, featuring comments and recollections from women 8 to 84, from various backgrounds.
Renowned dancer Homer Avila lost his right leg and most of his hip to cancer. Following the creation of a pas de deux choreographed by Alonzo King, Phoenix Dance takes us on a journey of transformation and healing, challenging our expectations of what it means to be "disabled."
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.
For Ed Marko, being an occupational therapist was “Plan A” but at the age of 20 he lost his eyesight. Plans B through E didn’t quite work out either, but by the time he got to F, he’d figured out his life’s work: running his own auto repair shop. Gruff and down-to-earth, Marko is an unlikely hero, but he demonstrates the power of reinvention when life forces a change of plans.
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.
Profiles of psychiatric nurses and the vital work they do in community mental healthcare, in home health, and in the hospital.
Rare (New Release)
RARE follows an extraordinary mother in a race against time to find a treatment for her daughter's rare genetic disease.
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.
Ruth endured the disabling physical and mental symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for more than twelve years, until a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) enabled her to switch off many of the symptoms that had kept her a prisoner in her own body. A unique opportunity to view the impact of medical technology in action.
Several women, as well as the authors of the well-known book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, examine the unequal ways in which women are often treated by the medical system.
The Secret Club
Six women discuss how they made their decisions about whether to have an abortion, and about the emotions they experienced afterwards. A nurse and counselor give suggestions about coping.
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?
Until the late 1950's Americans with leprosy could be forcibly transported, often in chains, to the leprosarium at Carville. This is a disturbing story of stigma and discrimination in our public health system.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Seventeen Short Films About Breasts
This provocative and often lovely suite of short films explores a range of feelings and concerns women have about their breasts. Together or individually, they offer a wonderful variety of ways to stimulate individual reflection and group discussion.
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.
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.
6000 A Day
The story of how the world's top decision makers knowingly failed to prevent the spread of the AIDS epidemic.
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 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.
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.
Straight Up Life
Exploring the growing problem of "dual diagnosis," this video follows several young people in a program for drug and alcohol abusers who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
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.
A comprehensive resource intended to aid stroke survivors and their caregivers during the ongoing recovery process.
Surrounded by Waves
A global exploration of the health impacts of electromagnetic waves in our wireless technology.
Taking a Sexual History
Actual patient interviews demonstrate techniques for evaluating HIV risk as well as other risks associated with sexuality and drug use.
Taking Good Care
The daily life of a pediatric hospital is seen through the stories of three children and the many staff who care for them.
Tell Them You're Fine
Three fairly young people with cancer confront the day-to-day realities of coping with the impact of the disease, with therapy, and with the attitudes of family, friends and co-workers.
That Spirit, That Thing Inside
Invaluable for nursing recruitment and retention: Hispanic/Latino and American Indian nurses describe how they came to their careers, and have used their nursing expertise to serve their families, their tribes, and their communities.
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 Challenges in Nursing
A Perspective of Hope explores an innovative clinical affilitation between nursing homes and university schools of nursing ti improve the long-term care of the elderly. Nursing Shortage/Level III follows nurses in one hospital as they respond to the daily challenges of providing quality care despite severe staffing shortages.
Two Films on Nursing Strategies
The Freedom Program advocates for a cooperative approach between healthcare professionals, patients and families while dealing with potential restraint situations. Healthy Relationships explores the value of primary nursing and the role they play in all aspects of healthcare.
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.
Follows the stories of six individuals from diverse backgrounds as they deal with the physical and psychological implication of new HIV drug therapies.
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.
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.
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.
A series on cross-cultural healthcare. These four unique trigger films raise awareness about how cultural barriers affect patient-provider communication and other aspects of care for patients of diverse backgrounds.
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.
Your Options for Pain Relief in Childbirth
An entertaining and informative look at the options available for pain management, including their pros and cons and the roles of the various health professionals involved.