The Advocate Newsletter
A Mother's Love (Cancer Hoax Documentary) | Real Stories
"Tells the inside story of a mother, Terri
Milbrandt, who pretended her daughter had cancer and appealed to her close-knit community for help to pay the medical bills"
"Includes candid perspectives from high-school and college students, as well as nationally recognized experts, challenging the misperceived "safety" and effectiveness of using prescription
stimulants without a doctor's prescription. It serves as a catalyst to inform discussions about what parents and communities can do to support teens struggling to manage stress."
This film features numerous individuals in the foster care system; however, the
inspiration for this film started with just one child.
"Seven LGBTQ youth from the foster care systme share their stories. Failed by their families, these young people go on to face
rejection from foster families, invisibility within the system and incredible obstacles to healthy development."
Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
This film addresses the impact of domestic
violence on children. "Research shows those impacts can last a lifetime. Children exposed to violence in the home often experience psychosomatic illness, depression, and suicidal tendencies. Later in life, these children are at greater risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and criminal behavior than those raised in homes without violence."
This video is told from the perspective of a teenager and his family and shows how
quickly the use of banned substances in social situations almost seamlessly spirals into an addiction to opiates.
Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Addoption
"A thought-provoking 20-minute video presenting a group of adoptees who discuss their experiences growing up in trans-racial adoptive
families. They delve into complex issues such as confronting stereotypes, fitting in with their culture of origin and learning to define themselves in terms of race and culture."
Ted Talk: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
"Childhood trauma isn't something you just
get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.
Private Violence Presents: Why We Stayed
A video about why women stay in abusive
relationships. Beverly Gooden confronts the question, "why doesn't she just leave" by interviewing survivors and hearing from their own voice the impact abuse had on their lives.
Ted Talk: Foster Care to College: A Crisis WE Can Solve
"Foster youth who exit the system
at 18 have less than a 4% chance to ever complete college. There is a 25% chance that they will be homeless. Higher education administration and faculty need to be part of the solution by rethinking local engagement in order to help this group of youth be prepared, apply, and complete college."
This documentary "takes viewers into the world of underage American girls
caught up in the violent sex trade. Hundreds of thousands of girls under the age of 18 are ensnared into the lives of prostitution annually, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Many are runaways or "throwaways" trapped in "the oldest profession" by pimps who sell them using modern sales and marketing techniques.
This documentary "examines the dramatic increase in the
prescription of behavior modifying drugs for children. Are these medications really necessary - and safe - for young children, or merely a harried nation's quick fix for annoying, yet age-appropriate, behavior?"
A two-part documentary exploring the separate but parallel experiences of two
young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age 7, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson. This film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had sons of their own.
"The principle of Lincoln High School changes his school's approach to discipline
to help students overcome traumatic events."
Prescription of Hope: Overcoming Nevada's Opioid Epidemic
The 29-minute documentary received a regional Emmy nomination for best
documentary. It follows the lives of several Nevadans who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to opioids and the constant battle and power of hope to overcome an opioid addiction.
Very Young Girls is an expose of human trafficking that follows 13- and 14-year old American girls as they are seduced, abused,
and sold on New Your streets by pimps, and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows the barely-adolescent girls in real time, using verite and intimate interviews with them as they are first lured on to the streets and the dire events that follow.