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Caring at the End of Life: Cases From the SUPPORT Project

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Central to this provocative documentary is the case of a comatose patient, whose family and healthcare team are in conflict over how long to continue with the treatments which are keeping him alive. In making decisions about his care, they confront disturbing ethical questions about patient autonomy vs. the needs of the family, about who is in a position to judge what another person would want, about the role and impact of faith, and about the certainty or fallibility of medical judgement. This moving film focuses on the key roles of nursing staff in patient care and communication. It profiles six severely ill patients who agreed to be a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's SUPPORT Study on end-of-life care and decision making.
Online
2017; 2002
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Enter the Faun

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The unlikely collaboration between a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy delivers astonishing proof that each and every body is capable of miraculous transformation. As Tamar Rogoff trains Gregg Mozgala to become a dancer, they discover that her lack of formal medical training and his fears and physical limitations are not obstacles, but the impetus for their unprecedented discoveries. 'Enter The Faun' is the story of a joyous, obsessed journey towards opening night. It challenges the boundaries of medicine and art, as well as the limitations associated with disability.
Online
2015
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What Makes Me Tic?

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The documentary film, What Makes Me Tic? is a powerful look into four average Americans living with the often misunderstood disorder, Tourette's Syndrome.
Online
2013
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The Enron Scandal

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This film highlights the events that led to the bankruptcy of Enron in 2001. It was the first in a series of debacles that included the mammoth corporations Tyco and WorldCom as well as the leading accounting firm Arthur Andersen. Investigators, politicians and victims reveal the incredible story. The film covers the first revelations of colossal losses, the collapse of the stock, the discovery that directors had lied to shareholders and the misappropriation of funds for personal use. The company had been governed by the cash culture of its managers, where forgery and the creation of fake companies were commonly used. While Enron s officers were busy reassuring their employees and the public that everything was fine, they were selling their stocks as quickly as they could before the [...]
Online
2007
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Cage Cunningham [electronic resource]

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Combines archival material and eight years of world tour footage to document the 50 year collaboration between composer John Cage and dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham.
Online
2007; 1991
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Living the Roller-Coaster

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Living the Roller-Coaster explores the experiences of two young women attending Stanford University who were diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Through their voices and those of family and friends, the documentary describes mania and depression as well as their common interpersonal ramifications. Among details provided is the fact that the onset of illness is typically between the ages of 18 and 21. For this reason, the film provides a particularly relevant introduction for college students and other young people about a condition that remains misunderstood despite its prevalence.
Online
2007
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Today's Man

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Director Lizzie Gottlieb began filming her brother Nicky when he was 21 and had just been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome - a high functioning form of autism. She sets out to try to understand this disorder and its effects on her brother and her family. The big question for all of them is whether Nicky will be able to live an independent life. Nicky is a young man of remarkable talents and great charm. At the age of three, he became fluent in Italian in two weeks, and could tell you the day of the week of any date in the last century or the next. However, as a child, and now as an adult, his speech is often peculiar, his interests obsessive, and his interactions odd. He lacks an understanding of what is socially acceptable, and can often behave wildly inappropriately. But he is witt [...]
Online
2007
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Make Me Normal: Autistic Teenagers Speak Out

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Roxanne appears to be a typical teenage girl who is into music and clothes but she is unable to make friends because her autism leads to inappropriate behavior. Moneer, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome, is smart and outgoing but is prone to violent behavior. Roy is compulsive about the labels on his video collection and is easily thrown by change. Esther is a loner. All four are pupils at the Spa School in England, a state school for pupils with autism. These compelling profiles capture the frustration of young people who are aware of their disability but cannot overcome it. The patience and sensitivity of the professional staff is directed at helping the young people interact better with the outside world. This film is an important resource for people working with the autistic.
Online
2007
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Sunny Intervals and Showers - Living With Bipolar Disorder

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Dr. Allan Levi is suspended from work and in trouble at home due to his episodes of manic depressive illness (Bipolar Disorder). Filmed in the year after Allan's diagnosis, Sunny Intervals is an intimate and ironic portrait of a marriage and a family in crisis. Endearing yet self-obsessed, Allan leaves a career as a medical researcher and university professor to start a business selling model airplanes .His wife, Jackie, a doctor, struggles to come to terms with the unexpected role of being a "caregiver" for a mentally ill husband. But is Allan's increasingly frenetic lifestyle evidence of illness, eccentricity or simply hard work? An observational documentary, the film depicts one man's -- and one family's -- life with warmth, humor, and poignancy. Rather than being told what to thi [...]
Online
2006
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Lila: Eight to Thirteen

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Lila: Eight to Thirteen follows one strong, open, lively girl as she navigates the passage from preadolescence to adolescence. Preadolescense, the pivotal time when puberty begins, is a crucial period which has been often overlooked in coming-of-age films. This charming film celebrates Lila's resilience in the face of pressures from within herself and from the outside as she struggles to retain her identity. Filmed over a six-year period, Lila grew out of a unique relationship between filmmaker and subject. The style is intimate and personal, inviting us into Lila's inner world as she reveals thoughts she can t say even to her parents. The setting moves back and forth from the family's tiny apartment in New York City to a trailer in the bucolic, lovely Upper Delaware Valley. We follo [...]
Online
2004
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Aging Out

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Navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood is challenging for even the most mature and privileged youth. For three young people in New York and Los Angeles, making the transition to independent living is considerably more difficult as they "age out" of the foster care system. They suddenly discover that they're on their own for the first time. Aging Out chronicles the daunting obstacles that these veterans of foster care encounter as they are forced to fend for themselves. Daniella Anderson juggles her college career with the hard reality of raising her newborn child and paying her bills. David Griffin leaves foster care for the streets, goes on a self-destructive drug and crime binge, copes with homelessness and incarceration, and eventually moves to Alaska with the hop [...]
Online
2004
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Stolen Memories: Alzheimer's Disease

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Filmed over ten months, Stolen Memories follows three people in their fifties who have been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease. All are married with children and are struggling to come to terms with an incurable illness usually thought of as an "old people s disease". Roger and Chris, a couple with previous marriages behind them, were very much in love when Roger was diagnosed at age 57. Now this formerly extroverted man is isolated at home while Chris works full time to support them both. She has joined a support group which helps her handle her emotions but she is concerned with Chris's growing isolation. Patricia Hollis had brought up five children and was used to managing a large household when Alzheimer's struck. Her husband has now given up his job to share their years [...]
Online
2002
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Living Positive: Women and AIDS

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Living Positive examines the lives of five HIV/AIDS diagnosed women from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds (African-American, Latino and Caucasian). What is unique about this film is that it highlights everyday women who just happened to fall into misfortune. It could happen to anyone. The film follows the women over the course of four years. It explores important life lessons about love, strength, empowerment and learning to have faith in oneself. It is about the women s fears, triumphs, families, respective ethnic communities and what life is like for them day to day. Through their stories we come to understand how they have grown from a place of fear to a place where they appreciate the beauty of life and strive to live each day fully. By the end, we learn how to pre [...]
Online
2001
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Raising Hell [electronic resource]: The Life of A.J. Bannister

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This is a contemporary story of crime and punishment in the Midwest. It tells the story of death-row inmate Alan (A.J.) Bannister, who killed a man in a trailer park in a struggle over a gun. The film reconstructs his troubled life from his childhood in a rural, working class community in central Illinois, where he was a good student and active in sports, to his gradual descent into a life of petty crime In his three years of researching the case, the filmmaker uncovered startling new evidence that the killing was not a contract killing, as the prosecution asserted, but second degree murder, which would not carry the death sentence. Raising Hell approaches a tense climax as A.J. s execution date is set. As the day approaches, the viewer is taken inside the death watch cell to experie [...]
Online
2000
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Our Honour and His Glory

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In some areas of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, honor is deemed of such importance that a father, a brother or a cousin is entitled by tribal custom to kill a woman, often a young girl, who is suspected of having sullied the family moral standard. Legislation now exists in countries such as Egypt and Jordan prohibiting such "honor killings" but the incidents of this practice do continue, rarely acknowledged openly. This film documents two cases in Palestinian villages. A nineteen-year-old girl attempted to return to her family which had cast her out in disgrace. Her death was announced publicly. One young, pregnant single girl was kept in prison to protect her from her family. After giving birth, she was spirited to the West Bank where she was given a new identity. While the [...]
Online
1999
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My Friend Jenny: Portrait of an Addict

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In May of 1994, 20-year-old Jennifer "J.C." Wittberger was found dead on a bathroom floor from a heroin overdose. From a wealthy, suburban background, few would have guessed that this attractive, hip young woman was hooked on heroin. Filmed by her close friend, the documentary penetrates the aura of glamour Jenny tries to convey to reveal a life alternating between desparation and sickness. Interviews with family and friends recollect Jenny during happy, innocent times. It implicitly asks how did Jenny go from being the happy child we see in early home movies to the self destructive addict who died a lonely death. What emerges throughout the film is the vivid story of a tortured young woman caught between two worlds -- one bright with unlimited opportunity, the other dark and deadly. [...]
Online
1998
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Some Spirit in Me [electronic resource]

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Online
1998
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Tired of Living, Feared of Dying

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Dutch doctors are now legally able to accede to a patient's request for medical help so that they can die with dignity and without pain when their sufferings have become unbearable. This remarkable film follows seven people who have registered a request for euthanasia when they judge the time to be right. Each patient talks about the reasons for choosing this way of death and tries to define the specific trigger which will cause him or her to decide when the time has come to ask the doctor for the lethal injection or drink. Member of their families add their own comments, and five doctors with experience in the practice of euthanasia speak eloquently about the ethical questions and the practical problems which euthanasia poses for them. By the end of the film, several of the subjects [...]
Online
1996
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Wisdom of the Heart: Women and Heart Disease

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Though most people think of heart disease as a man's disease, it is in fact a leading killer of women. Wisdom of the Heart is a compelling documentary that challenges the myths of women's immunity, shows how heart disease manifests itself differently in women and how it can be prevented. The film shows how certain diagnostic biases have resulted in women being misdiagnosed, treatment being delayed, and until very recently, women being left out of research trials altogether. Experts such as Dr. Donna Stewart, from The Toronto Hospital, and cardiologist Dr Lorretta Daniel explain various treatments for heart disease and the importance of prevention. We met women who have undergone bypass surgery and open-heart surgery and see how heart disease affects the whole family and changes their [...]
Online
1996
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A School for Robin - Mainstreaming an Autistic Child

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Blonde and sturdy, Robin is four when he first enrolls in a regular school program under Public Law 94-142 which guarantees him a free public school education. Activities which are easy for other kids are enormously difficult for him, such as using a swing or learning to clap his hands. He is withdrawn but the staff perseveres, pushing through his resistance. His teachers, finding him a real challenge, become deeply committed to helping him. He appears far happier and less remote than when he first came to school. When it is time for him to move on to another school, his teachers are sad to see him go.
Online
1996