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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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The Staircase

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The eight episodes of The staircase turn on the question of whether the death of Kathleen Peterson was accidental or whether she was murdered by her husband, author Michael Peterson, presenting behind-the-scenes access to Peterson, his family and friends, investigators, the defense team, and the prosecution as events unfold and each party attempts to come to terms with this bizarre mystery.
DVD
2005; 2004
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Juvies

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This film explores the personal stories of twelve juveniles, male and female, at Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall who were prosecuted and incarcerated as adults. Based on the work of students in a video production class taught by Leslie Neale at the Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall.
DVD
2005; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Groupthink

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The late Dr. Irving Janis coined the term groupthink, which is a natural tendency to achieve agreement for the sake of group unity despite contrary facts and potentially dangerous consequences. The potential impact of groupthink, the eight symptoms of groupthink and strategies for avoiding it are demonstrated with historical events including the Challenger disaster of 1986, the Bay of Pigs invasion, Pearl Harbor and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Includes clips from a 1972 interview with Dr. Janis, and dramatized sequences.
DVD
2006; 1992
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Rule

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Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey, in the heart of Newark, NJ, achieve a high success rate in graduating one of the most vulnerable populations--inner city African American and Latino teenage males--with a near 100% college acceptance rate.
DVD
2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Up Series

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In 1964 Michael Apted interviewed a group of seven year old children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, Apted has been back to talk to the same subjects.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Central Park Five

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Chronicles America's complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the "Central Park 5"--A group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York.
DVD
2013; 2012
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Store Wars

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In the U.S., Wal-Mart opens a new mega-store every two business days. Explores the impact of discount chain stores on American society and its values, and examines a local democracy in action--how one community reaches a difficult decision. Follows events in Ashland, Va., over a one-year period, from the first stormy public hearing that galvanizes residents' opposition until the Town Council takes a final vote on the proposed Wal-Mart Store. Arguments for the store and against it are articulated and hotly debated. Includes comments from the mayor, Town Council members who will eventually make the decision, Wal-Mart representatives, and citizens who organize to block the store. Intended to offer a critical view of the Big Box industry as a whole, and to present all viewpoints on this [...]
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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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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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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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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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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My Brother's Bomber

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For some 25 years, Frontline producer Ken Dornstein has been haunted by the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, a terrorist act that killed 270 people, including his older brother David. Now, Dornstein sets out to find the men responsible, hunting for clues to the identities and whereabouts of the suspects in the ruins and chaos of post-Qaddafi Libya in this rare, real-life spy thriller.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Manic

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Manic is a dramatized case study about the devastating illness known as manic depression and the chaos it can visit upon the lives of all those touched by it. Co-written by psychiatrist Dr. David Dawson, and superbly acted, the trauma of manic depression comes movingly to life. Alan, a university professor, devoted husband and father of two teenagers, has started behaving strangely. As the story opens, he has disappeared for two days and appears to be in a suicidal state of mind. After consulting a psychiatrist he is given anti-depressants and seems to be responding to therapy, until at a university faculty party, he becomes aggressive, bombastic and crude. Further hyperactive behavior alienates his family and colleagues and when he loses control in a classroom the campus police inte [...]
Online
1995