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VIETNAM: AFTER THE FIRE

Asian Studies  Environmental Studies  Health 

Examines the extensive damage to the Vietnamese environment and people by the war, including the bombing which cratered the landscape and left thousands of unexploded bombs, and the use of defoliants such as Agent Orange which devastated the country's eco-system and are now resulting in cancer and deformed births among the populace.

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LIFE STORY OF AN AFRICAN INYANGA

African Studies  Anthropology  Biology  Education  Health  Religion & Spirituality  Short Films 

A docu-drama portraying the selection and lifelong education of an Inyanga, an African healer who dispenses traditional herbal remedies. The film examines the preparation and use of traditional medicines, the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and the metaphysics and cosmology of African beliefs regarding the powers of the Inyanga.

LA OPERACION
LA OPERACION

Health  Latin-American Studies  Latino Studies  Spanish Language  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Puerto Rico has the highest incidence of female sterilization in the world. Over one-third of all Puerto Rican women of childbearing age have been sterilized. So common is the operation that it is simply known as ‘la operacion.' Using newsreels and excerpts from government propaganda films, plus interviews with Puerto Rican women, doctors, birth control specialists and politicians, this film explores the controversial use of sterilization as a means of population control.

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ABORTION: STORIES FROM NORTH AND SOUTH

Asian Studies  Health  Irish Studies  Latino Studies  Political Science  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Each year, an estimated 30 to 55 million women throughout the world obtain induced abortions. More than half of these abortions are illegal and an estimated 84,000 of them result in death. This cross-cultural survey shows how abortion transcends race, religion and social class, and how differences in the practice and perception of abortion are mainly in the degree of secrecy and danger accompanying it.

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LIVING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK

Criminal & Law  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Interweaves the stories of six women who were profoundly affected by the choices available to them prior to the legalization of abortion. The influence of family, friends, and the prevailing sexual mores of the period are explored through each woman's discussion of her pregnancy and sense of choice.

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RAISING FACE: A MENSTRUAL JOURNEY

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Health  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Features intimate discussions among women, as well as a class of fourth and fifth grade girls, about their menstruation experiences and their difficulties in talking about their periods.

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BIRTH STORIES

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Women's Studies  Medicine  Directed by Women 

This series of funny and frank interviews, in which women tell their personal stories of pregnancy and birth, is intercut with black and white footage of actual births.

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BETWEEN US

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

This video, conceived and produced by breast cancer survivors, will serve as an emotional first-aid kit for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients during the frightening time period immediately following diagnosis. The women interviewed provide a range of emotional reactions and ideas for coping with the trauma and treatment from the perspective of long-term survivors.

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BREAST CANCER: LET'S GET PERSONAL

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the risk factors of this widespread and deadly disease, explains breast anatomy and cancer symptoms, interviews women whose lives have been affected by it and doctors involved in treating it, and also demonstrates breast self-examination techniques and their importance in early detection.

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I WITNESS: shot down in pensacola

American Studies  Health  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Terrorism Studies  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Portrays religious terrorism in Pensacola, Florida, which has become the epicenter of the national debate over abortion, including a 1984 clinic bombing, the 1993 murder of a clinic physician, and the 1994 murder of another clinic physician and his escort.

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MISGUIDANCE

Children & Young Adult  Women's Studies  Sociology  Health  Directed by Women 

This video, focusing on the experience of a frightened teenager, exposes the deceptive practices of so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," which advertise themselves as women's health clinics, but which are actually staffed by anti-abortion volunteers who use misinformation and scare tactics to dissuade women from having abortions.

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IN BAD FAITH

Criminal & Law  Health  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

This video exposes the deceptive activities of so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," which advertise themselves as women's health clinics. These Centers are not staffed by medical personnel but by trained anti-abortion volunteers who use misinformation and scare tactics to dissuade women from having abortions.

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STILETTO

Health  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

This video examines the high-heeled pump and why so many women continue, despite the physical discomfort and damage, to wear these outrageous shoes.

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THE CHARCOAL PEOPLE

Environmental Studies  Health  Labor Studies  Latin-American Studies  Spanish Language 

This film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Nigel Noble documents the workaday lives of Brazilian peasants who cut down trees in the Amazon rain forest and burn the wood in earthen kilns to make charcoal, an essential ingredient for the manufacture of pig iron in the U.S

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JUNGLE PHARMACY

Biology  Environmental Studies  Health  Latin-American Studies  Science 

Focuses on the work of dedicated physicians, scientists and environmentalists who hope to heighten awareness of the ongoing destruction of one of the world's largest medicine chests, the Amazon rainforest.

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GENETICS: MAN THE CREATOR

Biology  Health  Science 

Examines the remarkable scientific and medical developments made possible by the discovery of the genetic code--including asexual human reproduction, genetic surgery and cloning--and the moral implications of genetic engineering.

ALBERT SZENT-GYORGYI: a special gift
ALBERT SZENT-GYORGYI: a special gift

Biology  Eastern Europe  Health  Science  Physical Science  Pacific Street Films 

Examines the life and work of one of the century's most important and original bio- medical scientists, and winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

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SMOKING: GAMES SMOKERS PLAY

Health 

Examines the hazards and annoyances of smoking and the rationalizations of smokers who persist in their habit despite knowledge of health risks.

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BODY SCULPT: THE VIDEO

Health  Alcohol & Drug Abuse 

Produced by Body Sculpt of New York, an anti-drug/dropout prevention program, this video is designed to educate young people about the dangers of drug abuse while showing them a positive alternative--body-building to improve their mental and physical self-esteem

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DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE

Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Health 

This film explores some of the causes of depression and ways to prevent such feelings from becoming overwhelming. Several teenagers discuss their own struggles with depression and their efforts to come out of it.

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