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documentary films

No Whining:The story of Dr. Toni McLaurin

coming soon

No Whining: The Story of Dr. Toni McLaurin is an intimate portrait of Dr. Toni McLaurin, the second Black woman in the United States to become an orthopedic trauma specialist, now one of only 13 in the country. 
In addition to documenting the life story of Dr. McLaurin, the film will address racial and gender equity in the field of medicine and orthopedics in particular. For instance, Black women make up only .4-.6% of orthopedic surgeons in the United States. At the current rate of change, it will take more than 200 years for gender parity to be achieved in the field of orthopedic surgery. 
In a world that Dr. McLaurin describes as having primarily a “bro culture”, she is a powerful role model for all women and girls. This film will shine a light on an extraordinary woman who has made, and continues to make, life-altering differences in so many people’s lives.

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Like Any Other Kid

Something incredible is happening behind the locked doors of the James Ranch in Morgan Hill, California, the Bridge City Center for Youth in Bridge City, Louisiana, and 162nd St. Sheltering Arms, in the Bronx, New York. Caring and committed staff are using guidance, setting boundaries, and showing unconditional love and compassion to youth offenders.

Hidden Battles

Hidden Battles is a dramatic and deeply personal film about the psychological impact of killing on the lives of five soldiers. Representing a cross section of nationalities, gender, class and race, these soldiers unveil intimate memories about the central act of war -- killing another human being. How do these individuals make sense of what they have done? What happens when time challenges their carefully constructed stories? Consciously apolitical but deeply psychological, Hidden Battles examines the strength and struggles of men and women who kill and how they create a life for themselves afterwards.

Mothers & daughters:
Mirrors that bind

Mothers and Daughters: Mirrors that Bind takes an unconventional look at the Mother-Daughter relationship, exploring the impact of that relationship on a woman's sense of her body, sexuality, and self-esteem. This documentary features interviews with women and girls of diverse ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds and aims to challenge stereotypes about the female experience and re-examine the traditional role of motherhood and women's self perceptions.

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