Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winners from the CSWE 2014 Film Festivals.

Between Worlds: Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence (Regina Austin, Shikha Bhattacharjee, Tsedey Bogale, and Tarun Sridharan, Penn Law) has won the CSWE 2014 Virtual Ovation Award from the CSWE 2014 Virtual Film Festival, which featured student-produced films that were rated by the audience. Between Worlds highlights issues that can affect the delivery of domestic violence services to immigrants and refugees; these include cultural and language factors, isolation, and economic and legal concerns. The filmmakers have elected to donate their $500 prize to the nonprofit Nationalities Service Center, which provides social, educational, and legal services to immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia area.

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (dir. Edgar Barens, UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work), an Oscar-nominated film on prison hospice, has won the CSWE 2014 Audience Choice Award from the 2014 Film Festival at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting in Tampa. Audience members rated the films.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

American Indian Heritage Month: Film Native Silence.

November is National Adoption Month and American Indian Heritage Month. Jane Wells's film Native Silence looks at the cases of Native American children who were placed outside of their tribal culture and their subsequent traumas.

Monday, November 17, 2014

National Adoption Month: Film I Like Adoption.

November is National Adoption Month. The short film I Like Adoption (2013, dir. Mark Baas) profiles the Dennehy family, which includes children from a wide range of countries and children with disabilities.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day/Family Caregivers Mo:
Films The Next Part; Coming Home.

For Veterans Day and Family Caregivers Month, it is a good opportunity to examine research that has studied the effect of caregiving on individuals, recognize out-of-pocket costs incurred by caregivers, and check out resources that can assist social work professionals who work with situations involving caregiving (e.g., older adults, individuals with disabilities). A recent film that shows the stresses on caregivers is The Next Part, in which Kathleen "Kit" Causey cares for her husband, a veteran who lost both legs to an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan.

Another film with wounded veterans and their families that was previously featured in the CSWE Film Festival is Coming Home: Families, Courage, and Resilience After Brain Injury (free from the Brain Injury Association of New York State). An article in the summer 2014 issue of the magazine Brain Injury Journey may be of interest to caregivers and helping professionals: "Are We Asking Too Much of Families?" by Marilyn Lash, MSW.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month:
Living With Alzheimer's Film Project.

November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Spearheaded by executive producer David Shenk, the Living With Alzheimer's Project features four short films that seek to portray the responses of families living with Alzheimer's disease, in the hopes of supporting other families in the same situation:

De'mem'bunce (The Remembrance, dir. Roger Ross Williams;
an approach to Alzheimer's is designed for individuals
from NC's Gullah culture who have a proud tradition of self-reliance)

My Little Friends
(dir. Megan Mylan;
older adults with Alzheimer's interact with children)

Let the Band Play On
(dir. Naomi Boak;
a therapeutic dance program has wide-ranging effects)

A Place Called Pluto
(dir. Steve James; a reporter confronts the disease)