CALL ME LUCKY tells the story of Barry Crimmins, a politically outspoken and whip-smart comic whose efforts in the 70s and 80s fostered the talents of the next generation of standup comedians. But beneath Crimmins’ gruff, hard-drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child – a rage that eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena. Featuring intimate interviews with both comedians and activists alike, director Bobcat Goldthwait’s (World’s Greatest Dad, God Bless America) CALL ME LUCKY is an inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures.
Embark on a life-affirming journey through the world of Animal Sanctuaries. Delve into the lives of those who care for beautiful - and at times dangerous - creatures, and take an in-depth look at the struggles and triumphs they face.
This award-winning documentary chronicles the shocking, but inspiring odyssey of Emmanuel Jal. A former child soldier of Sudan's brutal civil war, he is now an international hip-hop star sharing a message of peace for his war-torn land. From rare archive of Jal as a seven year old soldier to MTV videos of Jal performing pain-tinged rhymes, an indomitable spirit shines through. One of the 21st century's most inspiring journeys.
"Mama/M.A.M.A." is a groundbreaking film that examines Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a bizarre form of supposed child abuse in which a mother pretends her child is ill - or actually makes her child sick - in order to get the sympathy and praise of the medical community. The film scrutinizes the scientific research surrounding the allegation and, in so doing, questions the very diagnosis itself. The film's investigation found that the illnesses supposedly caused by over a hundred "Munchausen Mothers" were in fact the side effects of potentially toxic drugs that were never approved for pediatric use. Also, by conducting an experiment with an astonishing result, we demonstrate that the use of laboratory tests as the sole evidence with which to convict a mother needs to be reevaluated. Finally, the film traces the origins of the diagnosis and shows how no one has questioned the dubious science that has led to twenty-five years of tearing mothers and their babies apart.
Major Marc Dauphin was a super-confident, can-do medic fixing shattered bodies and trying to save lives as he ploughed through relentless shifts at the military hospitals in the world in Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. But how exactly are you supposed to return to normality from such an extreme existence?