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SHORTS: Everyday Struggles

Every day brings new challenges for those of us coping with wellness issues such as physical and mental disabilities, addiction, food insecurity, and homelessness. The subjects in this group of short films do what’s necessary to get by.
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Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Institutional Health and Well-Being
Community Health and Well-Being
Shorts
Runtime:100
Event Type:Streaming
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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Head to Head

Individuals with stigmatized physical differences, like hair loss, sacrifice a lot to cover it up. First-time filmmaker Andrea Alberti examines how hair plays an integral part of our identity and how losing it has a devastating impact on emotional well-being, personal relationships, and social interactions.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2020
Runtime:83
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Andrea Alberti
Producer:Katy Osborn
Jenny Alberti
Cinematographer:Andrea Alberti
Editor:Elodie Edjang
Mimi Wilcox
Andrea Alberti
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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In Our Right Mind: Alzheimer’s and Dementia’s Impact on Communities of Color

The untold story of how neurocognitive disorders are having a disproportionate and devastating impact on people of color.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2019
Runtime:66
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Renee Chenault Fattah
Producer:Renee Chenault Fattah
Screenwriter:Renee Chenault Fattah
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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Making Sweet Tea

The Southern-born, Queer scholar and playwright E. Patrick Johnson journeys through the country to reconnect with the six black gay men whose stories he captured within his book, and later brought to life on stage, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South — An Oral History.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2019
Runtime:90
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://sweetteafilm.com/about
Film Sponsor:Queer Curatorial Fund of the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres
Cast/Crew Info
Director:John L. Jackson Jr.
Nora Gross
Producer:Nora Gross
John L. Jackson Jr.
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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SHORTS: Mind, Body, and Soul

Underscoring the interconnectivity between self-identity and one’s emotional wellbeing, this collection of short films explores diverse themes of self-love, self-loathing, and self-hood.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Institutional Health and Well-Being
Community Health and Well-Being
Shorts
Runtime:70
Event Type:Streaming
Film Sponsor:United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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Pelo Malo

Junior is a 9-year-old Venezuelan boy (Samuel Lange Zambrano) whose preening obsession with straightening his curly hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working single mother (Samantha Castillo).
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2014
Runtime:93
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Venezuela
Original Language:Spanish
Subtitles:English
Film Sponsor:CBS 58
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mariana Rondón
Producer:Gunter Hanfgarn
José Ibáñez
Carmen Rivas
Screenwriter:Mariana Rondón
Cinematographer:Micaela Cajahuaringa
Editor:Marité Ugas
Yovanny Leal
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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SHORTS: Race Matters

Explore opposing viewpoints of ethnic pride and racial animus in this collection of timely short films that profile the complexities of racial identity and the implications of intolerance.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Institutional Health and Well-Being
Community Health and Well-Being
Shorts
Runtime:100
Event Type:Streaming
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional eye to help us all flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression. We follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional well-being. Ruston sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and schools empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2019
Runtime:69
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Film Sponsor:SaintA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Delaney Ruston
Producer:Delaney Ruston
Lisa Tabb
Screenwriter:Delaney Ruston
Lisa Tabb
Cinematographer:Delaney Ruston
Geoff Schaaf
Editor:Delaney Ruston
David Franklin
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age

The average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens, scrolling through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to navigate the digital world best and find balance.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2016
Runtime:70
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.screenagersmovie.com/
Film Sponsor:SaintA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Delaney Ruston
Producer:Delaney Ruston
Scilla Andreen
Lisa Tabb
Screenwriter:Delaney Ruston
Cinematographer:Delaney Ruston
Geoff Schaff
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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The American Dream

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country in the world. African American women in the U.S. are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than European American Women. Through this documentary, women tell their stories and share their maternal health care experiences in the U.S.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2015
Runtime:49
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:China
Original Language:English
Film Sponsor:SaintA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Paolo Patruno
Producer:Paolo Patruno
Cinematographer:Paolo Patruno
Editor:Paolo Patruno
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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The Ugly Model

Korean American adoptee and fitness model Kevin Kreider has spent his whole career trying to answer the question, “Can Asian men be sexy?” The Ugly Model examines the paradox of a handsome male model who feels ashamed, ugly, and emasculated in America because of his Asian ethnicity
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2019
Runtime:92
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.uglymodeldoc.com/
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Doris Yeung
Producer:Bianca Kuijper
Bing Wan
Cinematographer:Martijn van Veen
Editor:Martijn van Veen
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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Through the Night

The need for multiple jobs to make ends meet has become a common reality for many families in this country, which leads to a fundamental question: Who looks after the children while their parents work? Filmmaker Loira Limbal examines the economic and emotional toll affecting some American families, told through the lens of a 24-hour daycare center in Westchester, New York.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2020
Runtime:72
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Film Sponsor:CUNA Mutual Group
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Loira Limbal
Producer:Jameka Autry
Loira Limbal
Screenwriter:Loira Limbal
Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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Unbroken Glass

Uncovering a silenced family history and disturbing truths, director Dinesh Sabu and his siblings must finally reconcile the past, confronting the trauma of losing their parents and the specter of their mental illness.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Release Year:2016
Runtime:57
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Hindi
Subtitles:English
Film Sponsor:Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
Rogers Behavioral Health
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Dinesh Sabu
Producer:Dinesh Sabu
R. Patrick Lile
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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SHORTS: Woman's Work

Women are generally socialized to put the needs of others before themselves. These short stories center women’s sexual health and self-healing as a priority for a healthy community.
Film Info
Program Category:Family Health and Well-Being
Institutional Health and Well-Being
Community Health and Well-Being
Shorts
Runtime:65
Event Type:Streaming
Thu, Sep 10 12:00 PM
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