Blue Skies & Rocky Shores

Blue Skies & Rocky Shores

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A story of dementia and caregiving.

The Brush, The Pen, and Recovery

The Brush, The Pen, and Recovery

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Talented artists suffering from schizophrenia prepare for an exhibition of their works and discuss their long paths to recovery.

Call from Josie

Call from Josie

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Darlene has made a momentous decision about her lengthy illness. Just as she and a very unusual in-home service converge, a frantic call from her strong-willed daughter threatens to derail her plans. 

Captured: From Footbinding to Stilettos

Captured: From Footbinding to Stilettos

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Just as the practice of footbinding was followed for centuries in China, the practice of wearing high heels has been promoted in the western world as a symbol of feminine beauty and desirability. But what happens to the body when they are worn?

Dancing With Pain

Dancing With Pain

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Four teenagers share their experiences trying to cope with chronic pain. Their thoughts are intercut with performance by dancer Vanessa Goodman in this innovative collaboration between Dr. Leora Kuttner and choreographer Judith Marcuse. Animation of the Body-Self Neuromatrix illustrates the brain's central role in the process through different stages of healing.

Desperately Seeking Doctors

Desperately Seeking Doctors

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Canada's universal health care system was the envy of the world. But today five million Canadians don't have a family doctor. How did we get here? And how do we get back to the level of primary health care that we believe is our right as Canadian citizens?

First Steps

First Steps

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At just the age of 26, Vancouver filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. First Steps is a short personal diary on film, documenting how his world changed over the first four years of this neurological disorder.

Glimpses of Light

Glimpses of Light

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Different voices from diverse cultural backgrounds share life stories about paths travelled while navigating experiences of mental illness and comment on the need for a more holistic system of treatment.

Head Cold

Head Cold

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Psychosis: an illness that is apparently incurable, a diagnosis that literally turns the lives of those involved upside-down. For the first time ever, the afflicted author and director Gamma Bak dares to make an autobiographical film dealing with the various stages of her illness.

Health Care 911: the plight of immigrant medical doctors

Health Care 911: the plight of immigrant medical doctors

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Health Care 911 introduces some of the 8,000 medically trained immigrants unable to practice in Canada despite a critical shortage of doctors across the country.

Hidden Legacies

Hidden Legacies

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This documentary, directed by Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson, profiles young people whose parents and grandparents attended government-initiated, church-run, Indian Residential Schools.

i see the fear

i see the fear

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In 2004, visual artists joe average & jamie griffiths entered into a creative therapeutic photography process, to allow joe to explore his experience of living and coping with Lipoatrophy caused by antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS.

The Light of Family Burnam

The Light of Family Burnam

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In this short drama, a 10-year-old boy facing a terminal illness works to help his father move beyond grief and loss.

Love at Second Sight

Love at Second Sight

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Facially different David Roche and his lovely wife Marlena Blavin share their stories with a spellbound middle-school audience.

Marianne Matters

Marianne Matters

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Marianne Matters is a documentary about a 51 year old woman who has schizophrenia. Without the help of her sister, she would have fallen through the cracks of society a long time ago.

Mary, Mary: My Last Act of Love in the World

Mary, Mary: My Last Act of Love in the World

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Mary was an artist and teacher who lived for 12 years with a condition doctors called “palliative.” She recorded the process to share what she learned about the difference between the agony of death and the art of dying--a gift to those who live with terminal illness and loved ones who remain.

Mixed Match

Mixed Match

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This exploration of what role race plays in medicine addresses timely concerns with the multiracial community becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in North America. Being mixed race is no longer just about identity--it can be a matter of life and death.

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [46 min version]

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [46 min version]

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Examines the general sense of "dis-ease" in society and the increasing normalcy of hating ourselves. Three women use film to move away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating toward those that are self-creating.

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [62 min version]

No Numbers: Identity beyond measure [62 min version]

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Examines the general sense of "dis-ease" in society and the increasing normalcy of hating ourselves. Three women use film to move away from the self-destructive practices of disordered eating toward those that are self-creating.

Oh Me 2: a case of BiPolar disOrder

Oh Me 2: a case of BiPolar disOrder

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In this personal and endearing film, a prolific and brilliant animator reveals his battles with bipolar disorder to lay the path for a new understanding of this condition. His son, a clinical psychologist, adds his own comments, from the perspective of a family member.

Polio Hunters

Polio Hunters

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Polio Hunters follows a two-week polio virus immunization campaign in the province of Uttar Pradesh located in Northern India. The campaign was conducted in 2005 by Toronto's Dr. Yakub Vaid for the World Health Organization.

Project Eagle Feather: When They Took the Children

Project Eagle Feather: When They Took the Children

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In reaction to the recent rise of aboriginal children taken into government care, Project Eagle Feather: When They Took The Children reveals the previously untold stories of First Nations' experiences growing up in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. 

Revolving Doors

Revolving Doors

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A frontline glimpse into the amazing approach and dedication of two nurses working in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Canada's poorest postal code.

Solomon

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This final work by Vancouver film and video artist Saralee James documents an unusual friendship between the artist and a homeless man in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.