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Mind Games - The Power of Video Gaming
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Re-enchantment - The Hidden Meanings of Fairy Tales
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Ryan
This Oscar-winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist's worst nightmare - succumbing to addiction, panhandling on the streets to make ends meet. Through…
Game Over - Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games
Video and computer games represent a $6 billion a year industry. One out of every ten households in American owns a Sony Playstation. Children who own video game equipment play an average of ten hours per week. And yet, despite capturing the attention of millions of children worldwide, video games…
Black Metal Veins
Black Metal Veins unflinchingly documents the dark realities of despair and morbid self annihilation surrounding the lives of five heroin junkies. The addicts' intertwining stories of pain, loss, sadness, and abandonment lead the viewer down the agonizing and hideous path of horrifying psychological and spiritual destruction as the grim disease…
The Gambler's Brain
Part of the Series: The Addictive Brain
Are drugs the only thing humans can get addicted to? What about behaviors? To answer this question, take a look at what happens inside the brain of a compulsive gambler. As this case study reveals, many of the same neurochemical processes of drug abuse - from genetic predisposition to dopamine…
What Made Me Stop Drinking: Four Stories
An intimate and revealing look into the lives of four people who are addicted to alcohol. Four very different individuals tell their stories ... a lawyer who wanted to stop his kids from being afraid of him; a first nations man, who wanted the pain of belonging to an underprivileged…
How I Stopped Drinking: Four Stories Continued
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Scathed - Crystal Meth
Crystal methamphetamine has roared across the globe, leaving wrecked lives, broken dreams, and death in its wake. Meth use has cost millions of dollars in policing and health expenditures. 'Scathed' analyzes the problem through the eyes of current and recovering users, their families, health-care workers, and police. This hard-hitting documentary…