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Grass (1999) - drugs / economy / health / politics
The history of the American government's war on marijuana in the 20th century.
Pregnant and Pissed (2007) - health
This is a British documentary about women who drink when they are pregnant and some of the possible, heart-breaking results. A very informative film that every woman should watch. Remeber, even a little is too much!

--Review by SwingingHatchetz--
Brainman (2005) - health
"Daniel T. is a "super brain." He can calculate numbers to hundreds of decimal points in seconds and learn new languages in a week. Through a series of real world challenges and complex number problems, Daniel's amazing abilities are demonstrated."
Nobody's Perfect (2008) - health
Alexandra is a bitchy celebrity gossip columnist who specializes in stirring scandals. Alexis, Alexandra's classmate back in high school, is a kind-hearted yet dim-witted young woman living in a backstreet alley, regularly bullied by her foster family. Before long, the two have magically swapped bodies in a mysterious incident.
The Enemies Of Reason (2007) - health
Scientist Richard Dawkins turns a hostile eye on the world of alternative medicine
Super Size Me (2003) - health
Genre: Documentary

Tagline: A film of epic portions.

Plot Outline: An irreverent look at obesity in America and one of its sources - fast food corporations.
12th & Delaware (2010) - health / religion
The abortion battle continues to rage in unexpected ways on one corner in an American city.
Kevorkian (2009) - lifestyle/society / health / history / politics
The documentary reviews Kevorkian's controversial, colorful career, closely following his life after his 2007 parole through a failed run for a Congressional seat in Michigan's 9th District. The film reveals "Dr. Death" to be a unique renaissance man: a provocative painter, composer, quirky inventor, bad moviemaker (even he dismisses his film adaptation of Handel's Messiah as "a mistake") and even worse golfer. Kevorkian is the story of a man whose compassion and vision have largely been misunderstood, perhaps, at times, even by himself.
Incredible Human Machine (2007) - health
National Geographic: Incredible Human Machine takes viewers on a two-hour journey through an ordinary, and extraordinary, day-in-the-life of the human machine. With stunning high-definition footage, radical scientific advances and powerful firsthand accounts, Incredible Human Machine plunges deep into the routine marvels of the human body. Through 10,000 blinks of an eye, 20,000 breaths of air and 100,000 beats of the heart, see the amazing and surprising, even phenomenal inner workings of our bodies on a typical day. And explore striking feats of medical advancement, from glimpses of an open-brain surgery to real-time measurement of rocker Steven Tyler's vocal chords.
Willie Nelson & Jesse Ventura: The Lost Interviews (2010) - drugs / economy / esotericism / environment / health / history / lifestyle/society / politics / other
Willie Nelson & Jesse Ventura: The Lost Interviews: In this never before seen footage exclusively for Prison subscribers, Alex talks with country music icon Willie Nelson and former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura.

Ventura begins by discussing the insanity behind airport security, before Willie and Alex discuss the death of JFK, and the deathbed confession of CIA section chief E. Howard Hunt, who admitted to playing a role in the assassination. The trio then talk about how the media brainwashes the public to make men and women lose confidence in themselves by discriminating against their appearance.

Ventura and Alex delve into how the establishment contrives and manufactures smears to try and discredit people politically, with Jesse relating the tale of how he was accused of jumping up on a table in a strip club.

Moving on to 9/11, Ventura talks about the deliberate confiscation of evidence at the World Trade Center site, as well as the hero first responders and firefighters who are now dead or dying as a result of the government’s cover-up in claiming that the toxic air was safe to breathe. Ventura highlights how emergency workers found three of the four black boxes from the hijacked planes but were then blown away when the 9/11 Commission announced that no boxes whatsoever were found.
National Geographic: Feral Children (2010) - animals / health
A jungle boy raised by monkeys. Twin girls nurtured by wolves. Are these stories true? NGC takes a scientific look at the tales of feral children raised in the wild.
National Geographic: In the Womb - Identical Twins (2009) - health
The latest installment of National Geographics popular franchise In the Womb follows the embryonic and fetal journey of one of nature's most fascinating reproductive miracles identical twins. Witness the key moments during early embryogenesis from the spontaneous splitting of a single fertilized egg into identical twins through to the major milestones of twin fetal development, ending with their dramatic births. Along the way, learn how skin color is formed; what happens when aberrations in early development occur, producing conjoined twins; and how twins with ambiguous genitalia (hermaphrodites) can develop. Meet a pair of identicals who were separated at birth and met for the first time four decades later. Then, see dramatic 4-D ultrasound images of twins interacting in the womb in real time.
Under Our Skin (2008) - health
A gripping tale of microbes, medicine and money, "Under Our Skin" exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.
So What If My Baby Is Born Like Me? (2011) - health
So What If My Baby Is Born Like Me?: Jono Lancaster, 26, (featured in BBC3's Love Me Love My Face documentary) has suffered rejection and discrimination his entire life - all because of the way he looks. Born with a rare genetic condition, Treacher-Collins syndrome, Jono has no cheekbones or external ears and has endured years of bullying and countless hospital appointments.

The nature of the condition means that any child Jono fathers will have a 50 per cent chance of contracting Treacher-Collins. Now Jono has an important question he wants answered - what if my baby was born like me?

The film follows Jono and his girlfriend Laura as they go on a quest to find out the options available to them should they decide to start a family. Jono meets a variety of families who have faced or are facing this very conundrum. He also meets with youngsters affected by Treacher-Collins to see if attitudes have changed since his days at school.

Confronted by all the options, what will they decide? And will the decisions they make draw them closer together?
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007) - drugs / economy / health
BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC Bud' being exported to the United States, the trade has become an international issue. Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground market and brings to light how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business - an industry that may be profiting more by being illegal. Written by Brett Harvey CANADA - 104 min
Into Eternity (2010) - health / science / environment
A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage.
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (2009) - health
aka: Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.
With a family history of diabetes on both sides and seeing actual normal people throw themselves into this raw food lifestyle for 30 days and seeing the healing results...
Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004) - lifestyle/society / biology / economy / entertainment / health / history / industry / other
In the middle of a harsh desert valley sits the bizarre Salton Sea.
The Bridge (2006) - health / lifestyle/society / other
This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call. Steel and his crew filmed the bridge during daylight hours from two separate locations for all of 2004, recording most of the two dozen deaths in that year (and preventing several others). They also taped interviews with friends, families and witnesses, who recount in sorrowful detail stories of struggles with depression, substance abuse and mental illness. Raises questions about suicide, mental illness and civic responsibility as well as the filmmaker's relationship to his fraught and complicated material.
Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special (2008) - health
National Geographic investigates the root causes and eventual effects of stress.
The Future of Food (2004) - health
THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.
Burzynski (2010) - health
Ph.D biochemist, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, won one of the largest legal battles against the Food & Drug Administration in U.S. history. Dr. Burzynski and his patients endured a treacherous 14-year journey in order to obtain FDA-approved clinical trials for a new cancer-fighting drug. His groundbreaking medical and legal battles have brought revolutionary cancer treatment to the public. Upon completion, his treatment will be available the world over - sending a shock wave through the cancer industry.
The Drugging of Our Children (2005) - health / lifestyle/society
Excessive talking, fidgeting, or squirming. Often loses things. Difficulty remaining seated, playing quietly, or sustaining attention. Sound like your child? The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) lists these as the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Once diagnosed, these behaviors would make your child a candidate for Ritalin, Prozac, or both. In this investigative documentary, acclaimed public health advocate and filmmaker Gary Null examines the increasingly common practice of prescribing psychotropic drugs for children, including preschoolers as young as age 2 to 4, who have been diagnosed with ADD, or ADHD. Psychiatrists may write these prescriptions without first exploring other causes or aggravating factors, like diet, or environment, and without making it clear to parents that these medications can have severe side-effects, including insomnia, loss of appetite, facial tics, headaches, psychotic symptoms and even potentially fatal adverse reactions, such as cardiac arrhythmia. Many schools work with family court systems to force parents to drug their children, threatening those who refuse to cooperate with the prospect of having them taken from the home and placed in foster care. To some, this looks like institutionalized child abuse in the name of mental health, whereby active, naturally inquisitive children are drugged into submission while the pharmaceutical industry prospers.
The Half Ton Man (2005) - lifestyle/society / health
Patrick Deuel is the world's heaviest man - almost 1100 pounds. This documentary opens with paramedics removing a wall of his house in Valentine, Nebraska and transporting him six hours to a hospital where he spent months trying to lose weight to qualify for a gastric bypass operation. This documentary moves among (primarily) Patrick and two others who are morbidly obese and their loved ones, neighbors and doctors. It examines how they got that way, what made them that way and how they have succeeded and failed in their struggles to change.
Schizophrenia and Psychosis - Early Intervention (1999) - health
Early Intervention in Schizophrenia; What You and Your Family Should know. The 32 minute video covers the common questions that families have when a person is showing early signs of psychosis or schizophrenia and they begin treatment at an early treatment center. Additionally, a young man describes the first symptoms that he experienced when he began to experience psychosis. This video was produced in 2004 by the Maine Medical Center PIER program - for more information go to: and for more information on schizophrenia visit **Very helpful and interesting film for anyone who wants and/or needs to know more about Schizophrenia and Psychosis or Mental Health and Illnesses in general.**
Yoga Unveiled (2004) - health
Yoga scholars, teachers and medical experts explore the history of yoga from ancient times to recent history as well as its therapeutic potential.
Stress: A National Geographic Special (2008) - health
National Geographic investigates the root causes and eventual effects of stress.
BBC: Love On A Transplant List (2011) - health / lifestyle/society / motivational
BBC Love On A Transplant List: Despite a title that might have been dreamed up by a BBC3 random content generator, this can hardly help but absorb. The subject is Kirstie, an uncommonly – and, in her straitened circumstances, heartbreakingly likable – 21-year-old from Devon. The film meets her in hopeful anticipation of two events: one, her wedding to her stolidly heroic fiance Stuart; two, the lung transplant that will extend her life beyond the six months that her worsening cystic fibrosis will permit her. Early on, she estimates her chances at 50%. What follows is both unmissable and barely watchable.
Addicted to Plastic (2009) - environment / lifestyle/society / health
ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is a feature-length documentary about solutions to plastic pollution. The point-of-view style documentary encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic’s path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will provide viewers with a hopeful perspective about our future with plastic.
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson (2011) - aquatic / biography / environment / health / industry / lifestyle/society / motivational / murderers / politics / survival / other
"Eco-Pirate" tells the story of a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans. The film follows professional radical ecologist, Captain Paul Watson as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he may apprehend what he sees as the more serious law-breakers: the illegal poachers of the world. Using verité sequences shot aboard his ship as a framing device, the documentary examines Watson's personal history as an activist through archival footage and interviews, while revealing the impact of this relentless pursuit on his personal life. From the genesis of Greenpeace to sinking a pirate whaling ship off Portugal, and from clashes with fisherman in the Galapagos to Watson's recent headline-grabbing battles with the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica, the film chronicles the extraordinary life of the most controversial figure in the environmental movement; the heroics, the ego, the urgency of the world's original eco-pirate.
Sicko (2007) - politics / health
Documentary look at health care in the United States as provided by profit-oriented health maintenance organizations (HMOs) compared to free, universal care in Canada, the U.K., and France. Moore contrasts U.S. media reports on Canadian care with the experiences of Canadians in hospitals and clinics there. He interviews patients and doctors in the U.K. about cost, quality, and salaries. He examines why Nixon promoted HMOs in 1971, and why the Clintons' reform effort failed in the 1990s. He talks to U.S. ex-pats in Paris about French services, and he takes three 9/11 clean-up volunteers, who developed respiratory problems, to Cuba for care. He asks of Americans, "Who are we?"
Winter Viruses and How to Beat Them (2013) - health
Professor Alice Roberts and Dr Michael Mosley report on the latest virus outbreaks across the country from a pop up studio close to many of London's leading hospitals and medical research institutions. With the help of leading virologists, they will be finding out what viruses do to our bodies, explaining what viruses are, examining how they spread and advising what we can do to stay fit and healthy for the rest of the winter.
Sushi: The Global Catch (2012) - animals / aquatic / biology / economy / environment / health / industry / other
From humble beginnings as a simple food sold by Japanese street vendors, sushi has exploded into an international phenomenon in the past 30 years. SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH is a feature-length documentary shot in five countries exploring the history, problems and future of this popular cuisine. Much of sushi's rich cultural tradition that began in Tokyo is changing as raw fish now appear from cities like Warsaw and New York to small towns worldwide. But what is the cost? Will the worldwide hunger for sushi continue to grow until wild fish vanish, or will new technology like aquaculture keep plates full? Can sustainable sushi restaurants satisfy consumers or will competition for declining...
Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (2013) - drugs / economy / health / industry / lifestyle/society / politics / other
The Road to Legalization in Washington: A state in the upper-left corner of America becomes a key battleground in the fight for cannabis prohibition reform. A growing medical pot industry paves the way for cultural change in Washington State, and the architects of Initiative 502 put forth a plan they feel will balance the delicate politics of the region and stand a chance to pass in November. But many in the local cannabis community are vehemently opposed to I-502, saying it imposes harsh and scientifically arbitrary DUI laws, new taxes, additional restrictions and penalties that negatively impact youth, medical marijuana patients and care providers.
The Superior Human? (2012) - health
A documentary that systematically challenges the common human belief that humans are superior to other life forms. The documentary reveals the absurdity of this belief while exploding human bias.
GasLand (2010) - science / environment / industry / health / politics / other
It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
Children of Darkness (1983) - environment / health
A significant number of American children and teenagers - from all social backgrounds - suffer from mental disorders, schizophrenia, autism and emotional problems, leading them to isolation from society while treating their issues in mental health facilities. But there's no end in sight for those young individuals when they face obstacles and mistreatments in inadequate places under the supervision of careless and inexperienced professionals. The documentary follows some of those public mental institutions and another private center dealing with troubled kids and reveals what's wrong with their procedures, and the irreparable harm they cause in those patients.
The Men With Many Wives (2014) - health / lifestyle/society
This revealing documentary explores the world of polygamous marriages among British Muslims. While polygamy is illegal under British law, it is permitted under Sharia law, and while it's unusual, some estimate that there are as many as 20,000 polygamous marriages among Muslims in the UK today.
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