Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

A collection of films that focus on health and well-being, medicine and mental health.

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  • Elena

    Directed by Petra Costa • Documentary • With Petra Costa, Elena Andrade • 2012 • 80 minutes

    Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictators...

  • The Providers

    Directed by Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green • Documentary • 2019 • 82 minutes

    Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, THE PROVIDERS follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that ...

  • The Trouble with Bread

    Directed by Maggie Beidelman • Documentary • 2014 • 27 minutes

    Michael Pollan (author of "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation") told the filmmaker, Maggie Beidelman, that her gluten intolerance could all be in her head. She half agreed with him, because the number of Americans buying int...

  • The Story of Looking

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • 2021 • 87 minutes

    On the day before an operation to save his eyesight, filmmaker Mark Cousins explores what looking means to him, and the role our visual experience plays in our individual and collective lives. In a deeply personal meditation on the power...

  • Vicenta

    Directed by Dario Doria • Animation • 2020 • 69 minutes

    A film as necessary as it is beautiful, Vicenta explores the struggle for the right to a legal, safe, and free abortion.

    Through small clay figurines and live-action news clips, the documentary narrates the real human rights story of Vicen...

  • Convulsive States

    Directed by Liz Magic Laser • Documentary • With Liz Magic Laser • 2023 • 54 minutes

    Edited by Isaac Goes and Michelle Yoon of Kinet Media

    Performance artist and filmmaker, Liz Magic Laser, explores the shaking body as both a symptom and a cure for psychic distress through the lineage of psych...

  • It Is Not Over Yet

    Directed by Louise Detlefsen • Documentary • 2021 • 94 minutes

    At the small retirement home Dagmarsminde, the founding nurse May Bjerre Eiby has no interest in specific dementia diagnoses or medicine, since neither is improving the quality of life for the 11 residents. Instead, May and her staff...

  • Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death

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    We don't know how. We don't know when. But death comes for us all.

    To be human is to wrestle with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? Do we go gently or raging against the dying light? Do we depart with equanimity or with anger? With clenched ...

  • Overdosed

    Directed by Mary Sue Connolly • Documentary • With Breanne McUlty, Kelly Beazley • 2019 • 76 minutes

    The troubling turmoil of the deadly American opioid crisis unfolds in the small rural town of Petersburg, West Virginia, the state hardest hit by this epidemic. Through interviews with former dru...

  • Time of Pandemics

    Directed by Rehad Desai • Documentary • 2023 • 87 minutes

    By the time COVID-19 appeared, South African filmmaker Rehad Desai was all-too-familiar with pandemics. Not only had he previously worked in HIV prevention, he was also in the midst of making a film about a clinical trial for a vaccine th...

  • Power to Heal

    Directed by Charles Burnett and Daniel Loewenthal • Documentary • 2018 • 56 minutes

    POWER TO HEAL tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was u...

  • Let Them Eat Dirt

    Directed by Rivkah Beth Medow, Brad Marshland • Documentary • 2019 • 57 minutes

    Allergies, obesity, asthma, diabetes, auto-immune and intestinal disorders are all on the rise, with the incidence of some diseases doubling every ten years. New research points to changes in the ecosystem of microbe...

  • Cholesterol, the Great Bluff

    Directed by Anne Georget • Documentary • 2016 • 82 minutes

    For more than six decades, doctors, nutritionists, and public health officials have been waging a war against high cholesterol in an effort to fight heart disease. It’s a war that has seen the demonization of saturated fats, the rise and...

  • Planeat

    Directed by Shelley Lee Davies & Or Shlomi • Documentary • 2011 • 72 minutes

    Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to ...

  • Another Body

    Directed by Sophie Compton, Reuben Hamlyn • Documentary • With Ava Breuer, Faith Quinn, Julia Weinberg • 2023 • 80 minutes

    A college student searches for answers and justice after discovering deepfake pornography of herself circulating online.

  • Latest News from the Cosmos

    Directed by Julie Bertuccelli • Documentary • 2016 • 85 minutes

    Despite being nearly 30, Helene still looks like a teenager. She writes powerful, physical texts with a caustic humour. As she herself says, she was part of a 'miscalibrated batch that doesn't fit in anywhere.' A visionary author, t...

  • The Divided Brain

    Directed by Manfred Becker • Documentary • 2021 • 78 minutes

    THE DIVIDED BRAIN is a mind-altering odyssey about one man's quest to prove a growing imbalance in our brains, and to help us understand how this makes us increasingly unable to grapple with critical economic, environmental and social ...

  • So Late So Soon

    Directed by Daniel Hymanson • Documentary • With Jackie Seiden, Don Seiden • 2020 • 71 minutes

    Half a century into their marriage, Chicago artists Jackie and Don Seiden approach the fragility of their elderly lives in their own distinct ways. Jackie, notorious for her unbounded energy, is consta...

  • Phoenix Dance

    Directed by Karina Epperlein • Documentary • 2006 • 22 minutes

    A heroic journey of transformation and healing, Phoenix Dance challenges our expectations of what it means to be 'disabled.' In March, 2001, renowned dancer Homer Avila discovered that the pain in his hip was cancer. A month later, h...

  • Stray Dog

    Directed by Debra Granik • Documentary • 2016 • 102 minutes

    From Debra Granik, director of the Oscar-nominated 'Winter's Bone', comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding, freedom-loving, Vietnam veteran cast in the mold of an outlaw biker. But there's much more to burly, bearded Ronnie 'Stray D...

  • The Yellow Wallpaper

    Directed by Marie Ashton • Drama • With Sigrid Wurschmidt, Tom Dahlgren, Susan Lynch • 1989 • 14 minutes

    This short dramatic film brings to life the classic Charlotte Perkins Gilman story of the same name, which has become an important addition to American literature course curricula. Set in the...

  • Orchestrating Change

    Directed by Margie Friedman, Barbara Multer-Wellin • Documentary • 2021 • 85 minutes

    ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the feature- length documentary film that tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who su...

  • Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor

    Directed by Thomas Lilti • Drama • With Vincent Lacoste, Jacques Gamblin, Reda Kateb • 2015 • 101 minutes

    HIPPOCRATES: DIARY OF A FRENCH DOCTOR is a darkly comic portrait of a Paris hospital as seen through the eyes of a young intern, Benjamin, played by Vincent Lacoste (Eden), who begins his in...

  • Meantime

    Directed by Michael T Workman  • Documentary • 2022 • 19 minutes

    After Tim’s work-related stroke leads to troubling health complications, his son Michael returns home to Montana. As they spend the most time together since Michael’s childhood, they reckon with the past that haunts Tim.

    Meanti...