Fine

An exploration into the power of expression through words, music and gesture. This uplifting short documents the inspiring journey of Alwyn, a professional Blues musician who following a stroke, lost the ability to communicate verbally, and with it the passion and motivation to continue playing music.

From Fear to Life

From Fear to Life is about two sick children who suffer from diabetes and kidney disease and struggle against disease full of hope and love, as well as faith toward the future though life has treated them badly. They differ from the children of the same age by boundless love towards society, kindness and beauty. Even in bad social conditions, they go on creating – which proves that the terrible seconds of fear they felt a few years ago had already been forgotten. But in some way they are also forgotten by us (our society). There exists the problem of medicine and a lot of other social problems in addition. The film aims to throw light upon the problems of children living among us and needing our help. It also illustrates that those children have a right to live and create for being integrated in our society. Their talent and inborn gifts constitute their rights to be a full part of our society.

Life – Jibon

Personal and private story of a family of Guwahati having a 12 years old boy named Ron suffering from Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, a rare disease having no cure at sight. It is shot in actual locations with real-life characters. The film is shot with the real characters acting in their life story.

Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows

Set against a background of her paintings and the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, landscapes they depict, this short documentary is a portrait of the life and work of one of Canada’s foremost primitive painters, Maud Lewis. Emerging from her youth crippled with arthritis, Lewis escaped into her painting at the age of 30. She had never seen a work of art and had never attended an art class but her paintings captured the simple strength, beauty and happiness of the world she saw – a world without shadows.

In My Language

The first part is in my “native language,” and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.

How Are You Really Doing?

My friend Mike was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease at the very young age of 24. Today he is 26 and I sat down to talk to him about the disease, how it has affected his life so far and to begin to tell his story.

Upstaging Cancer

A short film on the battle of Daniel Stolfi, a young man with cancer who not only survives, but transforms his horrific experience into a deeply personal, yet highly comedic one-man show “Cancer Can’t Dance Like This”, winner of the 2011 Canadian Comedy Award for Best One Person Show.

Read the story of Daniel’s girlfriend, Jennifer De Lucia, as she tells her emotional companion story for the first time.

That Doesn’t Look Like Me

A short documentary written and directed by Jeffrey Vincent Parise. One December afternoon a group of artists walk into a local nursing home and paint portraits it’s residents. During which the filmmaker asks the elders for advice on life, love and art. Three weeks later there is a group show displaying the finished portraits and proceeds of the sales are donated to raise money for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Tom Shannon: The Painter and the Pendulum

TED visits Tom Shannon in his Manhattan studio for an intimate look at his science-inspired art. An eye-opening, personal conversation with John Hockenberry reveals how nature’s forces – and the onset of Parkinson’s tremors – interact in his life and craft. Tom Shannon’s mixed-material sculpture seems to levitate – often it actually does – thanks to powerful magnets and clever arrangements of suspension wire.

Hepatitis C

This video is about living with a serious, chronic illness. Hepatitis C is a viral disease of the liver which affects nearly four million Americans. There is no vaccine for it, and no definite cure. Yet, although about 10,000 people die each year from diseases associated with Hepatitis C, and others will need life-saving liver transplants, it is not an automatic death sentence. The majority of cases are not life threatening; in fact, many people who have the disease experience no symptoms.