Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Audience Choice Awardees, CSWE 2015 Film Festival.

Director Maureen Fura and Sacramento’s KVIE Public Television are the recipients of the CSWE Audience Choice Award for their respective documentaries Dark Side of the Full Moon and A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness, featured at the CSWE 2015 Film Festival.

Fura’s film portrays mental health issues of mothers that may be misunderstood or receive inadequate treatment. KVIE Public Television’s documentary tells stories of hope, resilience, and recovery of Californians facing mental health challenges. Excerpts from the films may be viewed here.

Dark Side of the Full Moon and A New State of Mind were two of six films selected for the film festival at the 61st Annual Program Meeting as part of CSWE’s continuing efforts to highlight classroom resources for social work educators. Audience members rated the films.

Monday, November 9, 2015

American Indian Heritage Month:
Bringing Our Children Home.

November is American Indian Heritage Month. The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts/Court Improvement Program, the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, and the National Resource Center for Tribes have developed the documentary Bringing Our Children Home: An Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act. It includes testimonies from Native Americans who were adopted outside their tribe, discussions of the effect of these adoptions on the individuals and their communities, and the requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Monday, November 2, 2015

National Adoption Month: Feeling Wanted.

In time for November's National Adoption Month is a new short documentary, Feeling Wanted, by Yasmin Mistry of the Foster Care Film and Engagement Project that strives to "dispel negative stereotypes about foster care." It follows the journey of an African American girl who has a mother with substance use issues, a father in prison, difficulties in foster care, and a determination to make a better life for herself.