Healthcare History & Policy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explores the tragic personal and social impact of asbestos-related disease, through the stories of several former asbestos workers.
The Burden of Knowledge
Seven couples, healthcare and genetic specialists, and others explore the ethical and emotional implications of prenatal testing for genetic defects.
Should media campaigns (in this case, soliciting contributions to pay for bone marrow transplants) be allowed to influence the allocation of precious healthcare resources?
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
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.
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.
Different From You
As a result of the 'deinstitutionalization' of mental patients, people with mental illnesses now make up a majority of the homeless in many areas. This video explores the problem through the work of a compassionate physician who cares for mentally ill people living on the streets and in inadequate 'board and care' facilities in Los Angeles.
Donka: X-Ray of an African Hospital
Daily life in the largest public hospital in the Republic of Guinea
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.
Profiles the EXIT organization, which for over twenty years has counseled and accompanied the terminally-ill and severely handicapped towards a death of their choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guinea Worm: The End Of The Road
Examines the nearly successful fight to eradicate a water borne parasite in Africa.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nursing Shortage/Level Three
Demonstrates the growing impact on patients and families as budget pressures lead hospitals to cut back their nursing staffs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.