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SPINNING OUT

Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Examines one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses, schizophrenia, and attempts to dispel the widespread misconceptions, fears and myths about it.

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IN THE HOUSE

Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Short Films  Directed by Women 

This short video features three autobiographical stories written and performed by teenagers in a children's psychiatric hospital.

NERVE
NERVE

Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Health 

Four former psychiatric patients in New York and Vienna give moving personal accounts of their personal crises and the nature of their psychiatric treatment, including their experiences with therapy, institutionalization, and medication.

ABUSE OF MEMORY, THE
ABUSE OF MEMORY, THE

Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology 

Examines the phenomenon of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) by recounting the life of Rachel Downing who, for the last eight years, has been under the care of Dr. Richard Loewenstein, former president of the International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality Dissociation.

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PAUL JACOBS AND THE NUCLEAR GANG

American Studies  Death & Dying  Health  Media Studies  Political Science  Directed by Women 

Profiles the journalist and political activist who exposed the U.S. government's cover-up of the health hazards from low-level radiation, chronicling this scandal from atomic fallout contamination of soldiers during early tests in the Fifties and Sixties to problems facing nuclear industry workers today.

CANCER WAR, THE
CANCER WAR, THE

Health  Directed by Women  Pacific Street Films 

This provocative documentary questions whether we are really winning the war on cancer, as the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society would have us believe.

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WHEN YOUR HEAD'S NOT A HEAD, IT'S A NUT

Family Relations  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry 

Filmmaker Garth Stein documents his 28-year-old sister's decision to undergo brain surgery to control her epilepsy.

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SUDDEN CHANGES: POST HYSTERECTOMY SYNDROME

Health  Human Sexuality  Sociology  Women's Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the reasons for the high number of hysterectomies performed on women every year, the alternatives available, the side effects and after-effects. Includes interviews with doctors, other professionals, and women who have undergone the operation.

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THE ULTIMATE TEST ANIMAL

Women's Studies  Sociology  Human Sexuality  Health 

Examines the birth control injection Depo Provera and the international controversy over its use, raising disturbing questions about racism and sexism in health care, population control vs. birth control, and how drugs are tested and marketed.

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HEALING STEPS

Dance  Death & Dying  Health  Performing Arts  Psychology & Psychiatry  Religion & Spirituality 

Profiling four artists who have had to cope with adversity, while persevering in their respective performing arts careers, this documentary celebrates the healing and restorative powers of music, dance and friendship.

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NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Native American Studies  Health  Medicine 

This video traces ancient healing methods of American Indians, discusses the invaluable contributions they made to our early frontier medical heritage, and shows how many of these same healing plants and herbs are an important source of today's modern medicine.

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CONTRACEPTION: THE STALLED REVOLUTION

AIDS  American Studies  Health  Human Sexuality  Women's Studies 

Journalist Linda Ellerbee examines the state of contraception in the U.S. today, including women's dissatisfaction with the methods currently available.

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TEENAGE MOTHERS: A GLOBAL CRISIS

Cultural Studies  Education  Family Relations  Health  Human Sexuality  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology  Women's Studies  Children & Young Adult 

Examines the worldwide crisis in teenage pregnancies through four case studies of teenage mothers in Ghana, England, Cuba, and the U.S., thereby providing a cross-cultural survey of the underlying reasons for the increasing rate of adolescent pregnancies and also discussing the hazards to the health and well-being of such young mothers.

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CAN'T HEAR YOU KNOCKING

Disabilities  Health  Music  Directed by Women 

Examines the dangers of hearing loss from listening to or performing loud music, featuring interviews with American and European rock musicians as well as rock music fans, sound engineers and audiologists.

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CHOOSING SUICIDE

American Studies  Death & Dying  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology 

An emotionally compelling examination of NY artist and psychotherapist Jo Roman's pioneering work in developing a philosophy of "rational suicide" as a basic human right.

AIDS IN THE BARRIO
AIDS IN THE BARRIO

Short Films  American Studies  Aging / Gerontology  AIDS  Health  Latino Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Examines the impact of AIDS within Hispanic-American communities, focusing on the specific economic, social and cultural factors which influence perception of the AIDS crisis, including macho attitudes about sexuality, traditional relations between men and women, prejudices against homosexuality, and the prevalence of drug abuse.

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GOSPEL OF AIDS

African Studies  Aging / Gerontology  AIDS  Health  Sociology 

Examines the rapid spread of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, focusing on the small nation of Rwanda.

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AIDS BABIES

Aging / Gerontology  AIDS  Health  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Examines the plight of babies born with AIDS, focusing on the inspiring examples of dedicated caregivers such as Mother Hale, founder of Hale House in New York City, and Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-ross, filmed at her House of Peace in West Virginia.

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DARE TO BE 100

Aging / Gerontology  Health 

This video features an interview with Walter M. Bortz, M.D., author of the best-selling book, We Live Too Short and Die Too Long. Bortz, a clinical associate professor at the Stanford University Medical School and former Chair of the American Geriatrics Society, contends in this video that living to the age of 100, and even beyond, is natural.

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THE FUTURE OF AGING

Aging / Gerontology  Health 

Examines recent scientific research into the biological and mental mechanisms of human aging and the development of new techniques to reverse its effects.

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