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Cafeteria Man

The USDA estimates 32 million school kids consume up to 50% of their calories at school, contributing to the obesity epidemic among young people. What does it take to reform school lunch programs and provide healthful, tasty meals to our nation’s kids? Cafeteria Man takes a behind the scenes look at Tony Geraci’s sweeping, tenacious efforts to kick start school lunch reform in Baltimore’s schools, a large urban district that serves 83,000 students, and later in Memphis schools, with 200,000 kids. As the newly hired Food and Nutrition Director of the Baltimore’s public school district, Geraci hatches an ambitious, multi-faceted plan to feed students healthy, locally-sourced meals, teach them nutritional awareness, and offer them training and vocational opportunities in the world of fo [...]
2016; 2011

Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood tells the true story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa and the global south in the 1990s -- leading to the preventable deaths of at least ten million people -- and how a remarkable coalition of people came together to stop them. Shot on four continents and featuring contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, and Joseph Stiglitz, the film offers devastating insights into the lethal decisionmaking process that led to this humanitarian catastrophe. And it shows how, if not for the passion and tactical ingenuity of a group of courageous and relentless activists, millions of more people would have died. The result is a gripping look at corporate greed, government collusion, t [...]
2016; 2013

Western Yoga

Explore the roots of hatha yoga, the form of yoga widely practiced in the West. Focus on the three principles of hatha yoga - breath exercises, physical postures (called asanas), and meditation - which promote a healthy mind and body. Get started with some simple yoga exercises.
2018; 2014


This intimate documentary pulls back the curtain on the poignant and largely hidden world of in-home eldercare. Beautifully shot and deeply moving, the film reveals the bonds that form between paid care workers and elders - and exposes the cracks in a system that is currently failing both.. Official Selection at Sheffield Doc/Fest and DOC NYC.. “Superb. A powerful tale of dedication through the eyes of workers and clients.” – The Huffington Post. “Every frame bursts with pathos and humanity.” – Screen Comment
2018; 2017

Flying on One Engine: The Slumdog Surgeon

This is the story of the inspiring work of 76-year-old Dr. Sharadkumar Dicksheet who continues his commitment to the Indian children on whom he operates every year. He performs free reconstructive facial surgery in marathon-like sessions, correcting up to 700 children who have cleft lips and other facial deformities. Without the operations, these children would be not be able to develop normally and would be treated as outcasts. The eight-time Nobel Prize nominee is treated like a living god from the moment he arrives in India, with a reverence bordering on worship in the communities where he works. Watching the people who organize Dr. Dicksheet s surgery camps and those who help him perform the surgery, particularly his tough-as-nails nurse, viewers get an extremely up-close picture [...]

The Healing Arts and the Art of Healing: The Design of Healing Places

Ms. Gerlach, a consultant in landscape design for private and institutional clients, discusses the role played by nature/environment in health facility design and in the restoration of health.
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

An Imperfect Cure [electronic resource]: Great Ormond Street

The patients of the renal unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital are living with conditions that cannot be completely cured. In this film, Drs. Lesley Rees, Rukshana Shroff, and Sarah Ledermann face complex decisions in a never-ending cycle of treatment: 4-month-old Alisha was born with kidney failure, and the staff must keep her alive until she grows big enough to receive a kidney transplant; 14-year-old Imaan's kidneys are slowly poisoning her, and doctors want to remove them, but she refuses to have the operation; Bethany was born with mental and physical disabilities, including poorly functioning kidneys, and her father is keen to donate his kidney, but the staff must decide whether she is likely to survive a transplant.

Caught in the Machine [electronic resource]: Great Ormond Street

In this film, Drs. Christine Pierce and Andy Petros face decisions about very difficult cases: 7-year-old Ellis has been in a coma for five weeks with an unknown illness, and doctors must keep him alive and solve the mystery of his condition; 8-month-old Uzoma has been in the hospital since she was born, and the team must assess if she will ever be well enough to go home; the parents of 8-month-old Deanne have been told that she is unlikely to survive, but her mother has asked the hospital to review her case; a 1-day-old baby has been born without a windpipe, and the team must decide whether to try experimental surgery.

Pushing the Boundaries [electronic resource]: Great Ormond Street

At the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Drs. Martin Elliott and Victor Tsang perform advanced surgery not carried out elsewhere in the U.K. This film follows the stories of four children as the doctors attempt to save their lives: the parents of 8-month-old Aicha, who is given only a few months to live, convince the team to reconsider its decision to avoid further treatment; the parents of 8-month-old Natalie are offered surgery that might save their daughter's life, but the procedure has never been tried before; 9-year-old Bryan has had several heart operations, and a high-risk heart transplant is all that's left for him; and the parents of 2-day-old Blessing must decide whether to agree to a perilous operation on their daughter.

The Last Journey [electronic resource]

If we're lucky, our parents live long enough to entrust us with protecting and caring for them. But the adult caregiver doesn't always feel so lucky-the burdens of decision making, of remaining involved and vigilant, are often overwhelming. What happens if this hardship becomes unmanageable? How can we best look after and safeguard our aging loved ones without losing a grip on our own lives in the process? This film brings those challenges into the light as it depicts what draws us closer to our elders, as well as what separates them from us, as they enter their final years. Both nursing home and home care options are discussed as the film explores four European family histories in which difficult choices had to be made. Even as these case studies point to hard logistical realities, [...]

The Talking Cure [electronic resource]: Sigmund Freud-Madness

What makes people call talk-radio hosts and broadcast their problems to an audience of millions? Is there something truly therapeutic about sharing one's feelings with an impartial listener? When Sigmund Freud developed his famous talking cure he was working against a medical establishment that attributed mental illness to physical defects, and women's societal frustrations to a "wandering womb." This program examines Freud's theories and his influence on the field of psychiatry; and with a reenactment of the classic Dora case study, critiques his obsession with repressed sexual desire as the root of neurosis.

Anyone for Coffee and Heroin? [electronic resource]: Inside a Danish Narcotics Dispensary

It's early in the morning, but already several patients have gathered outside a small Copenhagen clinic. They're waiting anxiously for the doors to open so a nurse can dispense their heroin. Yes, they're addicts, many of them scarred and embittered by life on the street-but they now have a legal alternative to buying drugs from criminals. This film looks at life inside the Poppy, as the clinic is known. It illustrates both the impact of Denmark's recently crafted policy aimed at reducing drug crime and prostitution, as well as what it means in human terms to confront addiction free from physical danger, moral judgment, and legal consequences. According to the Poppy's staff and patients, the new policy is working. But will long-term results vindicate the theories behind the laws?

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: What It's Like to Go to War

America has been at war for over a decade now, with millions of soldiers having seen death and dying up close in Afghanistan and Iraq. But most Americans, watching comfortably on their TVs and computers, witness mostly to statistics, stump speeches, and "expert" rhetoric, don't get what's really going on there. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers talks to Karl Marlantes - a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes scholar, author, and PTSD survivor - about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Moyers intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life. "You take a young man and put him in the role of God, wh [...]

In My Own Time [electronic resource]: Diary of a Cancer Patient

In 1991, Joseph Viszmeg, an Edmonton filmmaker, was diagnosed with a rare form of adrenal cancer, which was already spreading to other organs. Doctors called him terminally ill and claimed that he had maybe a year left to live. In My Own Time is Viszmeg's personal account of living with this disease, and this raw documentary provides viewers with a rare opportunity to experience his ever-changing reality as determination, humor, courage, and hope prevail. This man's remarkable life story challenges us to examine the very basics of human existence: Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? What would I do in similar circumstances? This film is about the power of healing that lies within us all.

Let Me Die [electronic resource]

Dying is something we generally try to avoid thinking about. But when living comes to mean wasting away, losing all autonomy, seeing one's very identity eroded, death may be a welcome deliverance. What options does society permit? Living wills, heroic medical intervention, passive euthanasia - are these choices enough for someone in severe pain whose death is imminent? Each person has an intimate relationship with life. Why isn't it the same with death? Shouldn't we be allowed a freely chosen, dignified end when the time is right? Let Me Die explores the answers to these questions and more as critically ill people courageously speak about their quality of life and their wish to die with dignity. This documentary provides interviews with doctors who advocate a more humane, less contro [...]

War Hospital [electronic resource]

Shot in cinéma vérité, War Hospital immerses viewers in the sights and sounds of the world's largest field hospital. This documentary depicts the International Committee of the Red Cross caring for victims of the civil war in Sudan - the longest-running conflict in Africa - near the Sudanese border in Lokichoggio, northern Kenya. For the taping of this film, the ICRC allowed filmmakers David Christensen and Damien Lewis unprecedented access to the surgical hospital and local medical staff as they went about their duties, caring for wounded Sudanese soldiers, women, and children. With no narrator and minimal explanation, War Hospital simply and powerfully captures the joy and sadness of life and death. From the beginning glimpses of rebel fighters singing patriotic songs, to the final [...]

Faceless [electronic resource]: Inside a Psychiatric Ward

Since Maria was found dancing on a line of train tracks, it's a good bet that confinement in a mental ward saved her life. Still, she says, she prefers freedom to the "freedumb" of the medicated world she now resides in. Many of her fellow patients are equally ambivalent about being institutionalized. One admits that his fear of being irradiated by electrical outlets may be due to the faulty wiring in his own mind. Another actually longs for more electrical shock treatments since they bring a sensation of "complete peace." And then there's the man who's discharged even though he's still hearing voices - they're not telling him to kill himself today, so what's the harm of reentering society? Following Maria through this claustrophobic landscape of uncertainty and anguish, viewers are [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Ruby Wax - What's So Funny About Mental Illness?

Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax - except for those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us in this TEDTalk to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.

Unforgotten [electronic resource]: 25 Years After Willowbrook

In 1972, a young TV reporter named Geraldo Rivera exposed the horrific abuse of mentally disabled children at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York. This program contains Rivera's original report, Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace, and presents a follow-up film about former residents of the now defunct facility. Viewers meet two individuals who suffered for years at the notorious institution but subsequently flourished in group homes located close to their families. Another interviewee, afflicted with cerebral palsy, spent 18 years at Willowbrook after being misdiagnosed as "mentally retarded" at the age of 3. Parents and siblings of victims provide additional testimony while Rivera also appears in the updated account, reflecting on his experiences with Willowb [...]

Eat, Fast, and Live Longer [electronic resource]

In this Horizon program, Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger, and lose weight. But he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. And he thinks he's found the answer-the ancient idea of fasting. Could the powerful new science behind this idea lead to a longer, healthier life? Michael thinks he's found a way of fasting that still allows him to enjoy his food. It sounds too good to be true. So Michael decides to take a road trip across the U.S. to investigate how a little hunger can make you younger-and of course-to try out some of this new science for himself.