Films on the Human Body

Incredible Human Machine

Documentary National Geographic 2007 NR 95 minutes. Take a fantastic voyage through the human body and explore the fascinating inner workings of the organs and physiological functions with this awe-inspiring documentary from National Geographic. Through the use of tiny cameras, X-rays, microscopes and groundbreaking CGI technology, this amazing journey offers a glimpse into the “human machine” like no other. One particularly vivid segment captures rocker Steven Tyler’s vocal cords in action. See Full Review

Inside the Living Body

Documentary National Geographic 2007 NR 100 minutes. Take a fascinating journey inside the bizarre world of a living human being with this compelling documentary from National Geographic, where microscopic cameras and other state-of-the-art technologies reveal perspectives that will blow your mind. Tracking the body of a female from infancy to old age, viewers will observe the digestion of a meal, the development of the cardiac system and other mesmerizing aspects of the body’s inner workings.

The Human Body

Documentary National Geographic 2002 NR 60 minutes. The body uses an amazing, intricate series of systems that work together to create one healthy, functioning person. This fascinating National Geographic documentary studies these complexities and explores how they affect several groups of people. An imaging system assists a brain surgeon in maneuvering his scalpel, a couple battles infertility with assistance from advanced reproductive technology and more.

Human Body: Pushing The Limits

Documentary 2008 NR 2 discs. Innovative photos, graphics and computer-generated images provide a fascinating look inside human anatomy, examining the muscles, bones and organs of bodies in motion in this Discovery Channel series. Focusing on extraordinary physical and mental feats accomplished during moments of great stress, the show explores the physiological changes that help achieve such remarkable results. Topics include sight, strength, sensation and brain power.

Ultimate Guide: Human Body

Documentary 2004 NR. What makes some people superstars? Why do we chew faster when there’s music in the air? Why do opposites attract? How does sunshine provide pleasure, cure depression or change molecules to Vitamin D? Find out the answers to these and other questions and take a unique look at the complex and mysterious workings of the human body. In this fascinating disc, you’ll begin to learn how we become what we become — human beings.

Fed Up

Documentary 2014 PG 90 minutes. The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the United States. It presents evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem. It points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts to enact effective policies to address the issue. This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes behind the obesity epidemic, including the marketing strategies of major U.S. food producers. How did 60% of the country get so fat?  2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight, with 1 in 3 adults considered obese. Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. The film includes touching video self-portraits by young people who belong to the almost 17 percent of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, who are considered obese. The obese parents who raise obese children — why aren’t they in the least bit curious as to how they’ve become 300 pounders when their ancestors were all normal. This film is an expose of the food industry’s pedaling of sugar-rich junk food to kids and the epidemic of obesity that has resulted from it. It rightly points to the chief villain in our food choices–sugar–as addictive and toxic. Sugar is clearly added to food products that historically had none in an effort to elicit a crave factor, so you can’t stop eating them. See Full Review

Killer at Large:
Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr44m. This probing documentary explores the ever-expanding issue of obesity in America from individual, political, scientific and cultural perspectives. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the US today. But how did 60% of the country get so fat?  2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight, with 1 in 3 adults considered obese. Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. The film includes touching video self-portraits by young people who belong to the almost 17 percent of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, who are considered obese. There are poignant moments, such as a 12 year old girl having liposuction. The film gives a range of reasons why we have this issue regarding obesity in America: school junk food, too much sugar, lack of information about high fructose corn syrup, portion sizes, television, intense advertising aimed at children, cozy cartoon characters hawking sugar, parents, food companies, politics, lobbying, greed, and economics. See Full Review

Miss Representation

Documentary 2011 NR 1hr 30m. Explore how the mainstream media’s often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership. This film presents startling facts and gives you information that you may have known on some level, but that also needs to be brought to the forefront for anything to change. Men should see this film to help realize how engrained sexism is in our society and how to change it, and women should watch this film to help empower themselves. Everyone should see this film to understand how to treat people (especially women) with the respect they deserve

Brave Neuro World

Lecture series TEDTalks 2011 NR 19 Episodes. What goes on in your head? Delve into these discussions on brain development and function, including emotions, sensations, memory and illusions.
1 Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight
2 V.S. Ramachandran on Your Mind
3 Gregory Petsko on the Coming Neurological Epidemic
4 Paul Bloom: The Origins of Pleasure
5 Al Seckel Says Our Brains Are Mis-wired
6 Dean Ornish Says Your Genes Are Not Your Fate
7 Michael Merzenich on Re-wiring the Brain
8 Jeff Hawkins on How Brain Science Will Change Computing
9 Rebecca Saxe: How We Read Each Other’s Minds
10 Pawan Sinha on How Brains Learn to See
11 Elliot Krane: The Mystery of Chronic Pain
12 Aditi Shankardass: A Second Opinion on Learning Disorders
13 Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What Is So Special About the Human Brain?
14 Daniel Wolpert: The Real Reason for Brains
15 Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain
16 Daphne Bavelier: Your Brain on Video Games
17 John Searle: Our Shared Condition — Consciousness
18 Molly Crockett: Beware Neuro-bunk
19 Grégoire Courtine: The Paralyzed Rat that Walked

In the Womb

Documentary National Geographic 2006 NR 90 minutes. Revolutionary ultrasound imaging techniques allow this two-hour documentary to enter the wondrous world of a human fetus — inside the womb — as viewers follow the incredible journey of a growing embryo from its inception. Beginning as a single-celled organism to the outset of brain activity to the first heartbeat, soon the baby’s senses start developing, leading to a grand finale that’s a real eye opener.

How Does the Brain Work?

Documentary Nova Science Now 2011 TV-G 53m. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes viewers on a head trip, examining questions about how the brain works in this NOVA special. Tyson visits with Penn Jillette and Teller to examine magic and the mind. Elsewhere, he explores the work of synesthesia researcher and neuroscientist David Eagleman, posing questions like, “What exactly is artificial intelligence?” and “How can the mind be controlled by magnets?”

Secrets of the Mind

Documentary Nova 2001. Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandran, an eloquent neuroscientist, is fascinated by patients who have unusual abilities or defects in the way they perceive the world. These include such puzzling phenomena as the phantom pain experienced in a missing, amputated limb, or the inability to recognize a familiar face following a stroke. From these strange cases, Ramachandran is building a novel vision of how the brain works. In “Secrets of the Mind,” Nova dramatizes the intimate stories of Ramachandran’s encounters with his extraordinary patients.

Sybil (1976)

Docudrama 1976 NR 186 minutes.  Director Daniel Petrie’s riveting drama stars Sally Field in an Emmy-winning turn as New York City teacher Sybil Dorsett, who has developed multiple personalities as a result of physical and emotional childhood abuse. To blot out memories that continue to haunt her, Sybil manifests at least 16 distinct personas. Joanne Woodward portrays the compassionate psychiatrist who helps Sybil come to grips with her harrowing past.

Sybil (2007)

Docudrama 2007 NR.  Suffering from dissociative identity disorder, once known as multiple personality disorder, Sybil (Tammy Blanchard) seeks treatment from psychiatrist Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (Jessica Lange) after attempting suicide. Throughout the sessions, Sybil recalls the physical and sexual harm inflicted on her as a child by her mentally ill mother, Hattie (JoBeth Williams), in this gripping TV movie based on the true story in the best-seller by Flora Rheta Schreiber.

The Three Faces of Eve

Docudrama 1957 NR 91 minutes.   In this classic drama based on a true story, Joanne Woodward gives a tour-de-force performance as Eve, a woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Her husband (David Wayne), perplexed by her odd manner, sends her to a psychotherapist (Lee J. Cobb), who determines that Eve’s multiple personalities know about one another, but are distinctly unrelated. Will the doctor’s treatment cure her condition, or will Eve be forced to live this way forever?

NoBody’s Perfect

Documentary 2008 NR 1hr 23m. This documentary profiles thalidomiders: people born with malformed or missing limbs because their mothers took thalidomide during pregnancy. We learn about the drug that caused their disabilities in utero and we learn about their struggle to gain compensation from the drug manufacturers. How horrible that most of them have not been compensated for the horrific atrocities done to them. One person who left a big impression was the woman from Great Britain who went on the hunger strike to fight the legal battle against the pharmaceutical company who provided the poison to the unsuspecting public.

The Man with Half a Body

Documentary 2010 TV-PG 42m. Meet amazing Kenny, whose body ends at his waist. Kenny has never let his condition stop him from doing anything, and now he wants to be a dad. There is no freak show here. Only an impressive human who truly makes me wonder why I complain so much. I respect his strength, mentally and physically.


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