The Film Collection

Since 2006, over 50 short films have been created in partnership with community organizations. These films are student-produced and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Health Equity Institute. Learn more about the Documentary course.

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All Films by Alphabetical Order

Films sorted by Semester 

Spring 2016

Aprendiendo Y Luchando explores how an Oakland High School has adopted a trauma-informed approach to healing and education. Watch the film.

A Mother’s Song shows how low-income single moms are breaking the cycle of poverty to reach their goals and highlights the support structures that are making this possible.  

Truth Speaks introduces an after school program where young students rap about changing the world around them. 

United Disciplines (working title) follows the journey of a small group of college students as they dive into a multidisciplinary education experience.

INSTRUCTORS

 

Spring 2015

Being Seen illuminates the unique situation of invisibility amongst urban American Indians and the potential mental health issues that can arise because of it. 

Fighting for Home explores the journey of San Francisco residents who are dealing with eviction and the hardships that comes along with it. 

In Between Homes explores the reality for families struggling with homelessness in San Francisco. 

Medical Desert highlights the closure of San Pablo Doctors Medical Center and its impact on the medically underserved community of West Contra Costa County.

INSTRUCTORS

 

Fall 2014

Engender looks at drag queens as emblems of queer visbility, and drag culture as an inherently progressive force.

Fire Hazards looks at how the constant exposure to toxins and chemicals firefighters face can lead to increases in cancer rates and what can be done to reduce these rates. (This film will be available soon)

Resilience Undocumented explores the effects of globalization, poverty, and legal status on the well-being of the men who stand on San Francisco's street corners, the Jornaleros. 

The Young and the Techless explores how meaningful access to technology offers low-income youth the potential to achieve greater career opportunities and upward mobility, emphasizing an urgent need to bridge the digital divide. 

INSTRUCTORS

 

Spring 2014

Bottom of the Ramp tells the story of three formerly incarcerated people finding the support and resources to create fulfilling lives for themselves and their families.

Pulling Back the Veil follows two scientists working to increase the number of girls and women of color in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field. 

Step Up Step Down explores the struggles and hopes of youth living in San Francisco public housing as they take leadership toward improving their housing environments.

INSTRUCTORS

 

Fall 2013

Open and Affirming explores how LGBTQ people are finding spiritual home and community through Christianity. 

The Hands that Feed You is a fifteen-minute documentary about California farm workers and the health issues they face as a result of pesticide exposure.

The Long Way Home follows Joey and Eli, the leaders of a fatherhood group, who have gone through the process of reunification with their children, in spite of institutional barriers and personal obstacles.

INSTRUCTORS

 

Spring 2013

Brilliance explores the different ways in which the current public education system doesn't serve the majority of students that attend it, and alternative pedagogical methods for evaluating student, teacher, and school performance.

Gender Silent lifts up and celebrates the lives of transgender men and women.

The Net shines a light on the personal loss, sacrifice, and perseverance of those whose loved ones were taken from them through suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge and how they have created a network of support to help each other recover the joy of living.

$hift: A global movement is coming together to challenge the fossil fuel industry in a fight for the planet and our future on it. 

INSTRUCTORS

 

Fall 2012

Behind the Scenes is a short documentary about the importance of socialization for autistic children and teens and the positive impact it can have in their lives.

Dreamers reveals the struggles and triumphs of undocumented immigrants college students trying to get a higher education in the United States.

The Price of Oil is a fifteen minute documentary about the city of Richmond, CA who with an oil refinery in their backyard, are taking a leadership role in order to advance environmental justice in their community.

Release: Self-Care for Trauma Workers tells the stories of how trauma workers maintain and find balance and healing in their own lives.

INSTRUCTORS

 

Fall 2011/Spring 2012

This series of films was created in partnership with the Empower Latino Youth (ELAYO) project

Body Republics is a short documentary that depicts the political atmosphere surrounding Latina youth sexuality and reproductive justice.

Cariño explores the effect parent-child relationships have on the sexual health and wellbeing of children and youth.

Let's Talk About Sex is a short documentary featuring the voices of students from both Castlemont High School and Fremont High School in East Oakland. 

Sex As We Know It is a short documentary film that examines the lives of six teenagers ages 13-18 participating in a peer-to-peer sex education program. 

INSTRUCTORS

 

Fall 2010 / Spring 2011

The Art of Presence explores the value of meditation and mindfulness-based elder care as transformative practices for healthy aging.  

Breathing Khmer is a 15 minute documentary about The Nagara Dhamma Temple in San Francisco where Cambodian refugees and their children cultivate community, culture and healing through Buddhism.

Educated Minds explores how public schools try secular mindfulness practice as a learning aid with students.

Refuge in Sangha is a short documentary that explores how meditation can be used to foster community and healing among a diverse group of people in Oakland, California.

INSTRUCTORS

  • Teaching Assistant: Ewan Duarte

 

Spring 2010 

United by Language. Journey into Deaf Culture through an intimate portrait of a couple balancing the advancement in medical technology while honoring and celebrating Deafhood.

Sex Workers: Your Voice Counts. Learn the stories of four women in San Francisco who are redefining and reclaiming sex work with dignity, awareness and education.

Make Moves. See how Oakland youth are transforming hard life experiences into vibrant art to live their dreams and lift up their generation.

INSTRUCTORS

   MPH, Associate Director of Film Production, HEI

  • Teaching Assistant: Chris Tipton-King

 

Fall 2009 

This series of films was created in partnership with Bay Area LISC.

Excelsior Rising. A community working to create a safer neighborhood 

Blossoming Families. A child and family center building community

Ping Yuen: Peace Garden. Residents advocating for quality public housing 

Redefining RIP. Young men of color reinvigorate their neighborhood 

INSTRUCTORS

 

Spring 2009

(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored Celebrate people with disabilities as sexual beings

Old Age is No Place for Sissies. Investigate senior care for the LGBT community  

M'Ba: Keep Mothers Alive. An experimental documentary that honors motherhood

Lunch is the Lesson. Explore public schools as a venue to improve nutrition

Backyard Freeways. How pollution disproportionately affects low-income residents 

INSTRUCTORS

 

Fall 2008

Race to the Bottom. Truck drivers advocate for living wages and healthier work conditions

One Sister at a Time: Positive Women’s Stories. Explore the lives of three very different HIV positive women

Laughter Rx: No Harmful Side Effects. Why is laughter "the best medicine?"  

Cannabis: Therapeutic Potential. Learn about the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant

INSTRUCTORS

 

Fall 2007 / Spring 2008

This series of films was created in partnership with AIDS United

Empowering the Yard. Incarcerated women in Oklahoma City are using peer education to empower themselves and their communities

Living Positive. Women in New Orleans share the challenges and triumphs of living with HIV  

Be Nice to Sex Workers. Survival sex workers in Washington DC facilitate healthy decision making with their peers

Pasa La Voz. A unique peer-education program set in the trans-border community of El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico

The Talk. Parents learn to become their children's sexual health educators

INSTRUCTORS

 

Spring 2007 

The Verde Garden: Growing a Health Community. How a school community garden is growing healthy foods and kids. 

It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth. Why women are choosing natural childbirth 

Yo Soy Lo Que Soy. Gay Latino immigrants building a supportive community 

Van Hoa VSA: The Search for Culture in America. Vietnamese American students bridging both cultures 

The Break. The state of the levees of the California Joaquin River Delta

INSTRUCTORS

 

Spring 2006 

A Family Matter. Advocatng for same-sex marriage equality

A View of the Bay. Residents respond to plans to revitalize their neighbhorhood

BDSM: It's not what you think. Conversations about stigma and safety with practitioners

Bed Bugs. They don't discriminate, learn what you can do

School Health Centers. Bringing doctors to where the kids are 

INSTRUCTORS

Films by Alphabetical Order

Aprendiendo Y Luchando explores how an Oakland High School has adopted a trauma-informed approach to healing and education. (Spring 2016)

The Art of Presence explores the value of meditation and mindfulness-based elder care as transformative practices for healthy aging.  (Fall 2010/Spring 2011)

Backyard Freeways. How pollution disproportionately affects low-income residents (Spring 2009) 

BDSM: It's not what you think. Conversations about stigma and safety with practitioners. (Spring 2006) 

Be Nice to Sex Workers. Survival sex workers in Washington DC facilitate healthy decision making with their peers. (Spring 2008) 

Bed Bugs. They don't discriminate, learn what you can do. (Spring 2006)

Behind the Scenes is a short documentary about the importance of socialization for autistic children and teens and the positive impact it can have in their lives. (Fall 2012)

Being Seen illuminates the unique situation of invisibility amongst urban American Indians and the potential mental health issues that can arise because of it.  (Spring 2015)

Blossoming Families. A child and family center building community (Fall 2009)

Body Republics is a short documentary that depicts the political atmosphere surrounding Latina youth sexuality and reproductive justice. (Fall 2011/Spring 2012)

Bottom of the Ramp tells the story of three formerly incarcerated people finding the support and resources to create fulfilling lives for themselves and their families. (Spring 2014)

The Break. The state of the levees of the California Joaquin River Delta. (Spring 2007) 

Breathing Khmer is a 15 minute documentary about The Nagara Dhamma Temple in San Francisco where Cambodian refugees and their children cultivate community, culture and healing through Buddhism. (Fall 2010/Spring 2011)

Brilliance explores the different ways in which the current public education system doesn't serve the majority of students that attend it, and alternative pedagogical methods for evaluating student, teacher, and school performance. (Spring 2013)

Cannabis: Therapeutic Potential. Learn about the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant (Fall 2008)

Cariño explores the effect parent-child relationships have on the sexual health and wellbeing of children and youth. (Fall 2011/Spring 2012)

Dreamers reveals the struggles and triumphs of undocumented immigrants college students trying to get a higher education in the United States. (Fall 2012)

Educated Minds explores how public schools try secular mindfulness practice as a learning aid with students. (Fall 2010/Spring 2011)

Empowering the Yard. Incarcerated women in Oklahoma City are using peer education to empower themselves and their communities. (Spring 2008) 

Engender looks at drag queens as emblems of queer visbility, and drag culture as an inherently progressive force. (Fall 2014)

Excelsior Rising. A community working to create a safer neighborhood. (Fall 2009)

A Family Matter. Advocating for same-sex marriage equality. (Spring 2006) 

Fighting for Home explores the journey of San Francisco residents who are dealing with eviction and the hardships that comes along with it. (Spring 2015)

Fire Hazards looks at how the constant exposure to toxins and chemicals firefighters face can lead to increases in cancer rates and what can be done to reduce these rates. (Fall 2014)

Gender Silent lifts up and celebrates the lives of transgender men and women. (Spring 2013)

The Hands that Feed You is a fifteen-minute documentary about California farm workers and the health issues they face as a result of pesticide exposure. (Fall 2013)

In Between Homes explores the reality for families struggling with homelessness in San Francisco.  (Spring 2015)

It’s My Body, My Baby, My Birth. Why women are choosing natural childbirth.  (Spring 2007) 

Laughter Rx: No Harmful Side Effects. Why is laughter "the best medicine?" (Fall 2008)

Let's Talk About Sex is a short documentary featuring the voices of students from both Castlemont High School and Fremont High School in East Oakland. (Fall 2011/Spring 2012)

Living Positive. Women in New Orleans share the challenges and triumphs of living with HIV. (Spring 2008)    

The Long Way Home follows Joey and Eli, the leaders of a fatherhood group, who have gone through the process of reunification with their children, in spite of institutional barriers and personal obstacles. (Fall 2013)

Lunch is the Lesson. Explore public schools as a venue to improve nutrition (Spring 2009)

Make Moves. See how Oakland youth are transforming hard life experiences into vibrant art to live their dreams and lift up their generation. (Spring 2010)

Medical Desert highlights the closure of San Pablo Doctors Medical Center and its impact on the medically underserved community of West Contra Costa County. (Spring 2015)

A Mother’s Song shows how low-income single moms are breaking the cycle of poverty to reach their goals and highlights the support structures that are making this possible. (Spring 2016)

M'Ba: Keep Mothers Alive. An experimental documentary that honors motherhood (Spring 2009) 

The Net shines a light on the personal loss, sacrifice, and perseverance of those whose loved ones were taken from them through suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge and how they have created a network of support to help each other recover the joy of living. (Spring 2013)

Old Age is No Place for Sissies. Investigate senior care for the LGBT community (Spring 2009) 

One Sister at a Time: Positive Women’s Stories. Explore the lives of three very different HIV positive women (Fall 2008)

Open and Affirming explores how LGBTQ people are finding spiritual home and community through Christianity. (Fall 2013)

Pasa La Voz. A unique peer-education program set in the trans-border community of El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico. (Spring 2008) 

Ping Yuen: Peace Garden. Residents advocating for quality public housing  (Fall 2009)

Pulling Back the Veil follows two scientists working to increase the number of girls and women of color in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field. (Spring 2014)

The Price of Oil is a fifteen minute documentary about the city of Richmond, CA who with an oil refinery in their backyard, are taking a leadership role in order to advance environmental justice in their community. (Fall 2012)

Race to the Bottom. Truck drivers advocate for living wages and healthier work conditions (Fall 2008) 

Resilience Undocumented explores the effects of globalization, poverty, and legal status on the well-being of the men who stand on San Francisco's street corners, the Jornaleros. (Fall 2014)

Redefining RIP. Young men of color reinvigorate their neighborhood  (Fall 2009)

Refuge in Sangha is a short documentary that explores how meditation can be used to foster community and healing among a diverse group of people in Oakland, California. (Fall 2010/Spring 2011)

Release: Self-Care for Trauma Workers tells the stories of how trauma workers maintain and find balance and healing in their own lives. (Fall 2012)

$hift: A global movement is coming together to challenge the fossil fuel industry in a fight for the planet and our future on it. (Spring 2013)

School Health Centers. Bringing doctors to where the kids are. (Spring 2006)   

(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored Celebrate people with disabilities as sexual beings (Spring 2009)

Sex As We Know It is a short documentary film that examines the lives of six teenagers ages 13-18 participating in a peer-to-peer sex education program. (Fall 2011/Spring 2012)

Sex Workers: Your Voice Counts. Learn the stories of four women in San Francisco who are redefining and reclaiming sex work with dignity, awareness and education. (Spring 2010)

Step Up Step Down explores the struggles and hopes of youth living in San Francisco public housing as they take leadership toward improving their housing environments. (Spring 2014)

The Talk. Parents learn to become their children's sexual health educator. (Spring 2008) 

Truth Speaks introduces an after school program where young students rap about changing the world around them. (Spring 2016)

United by Language. Journey into Deaf Culture through an intimate portrait of a couple balancing the advancement in medical technology while honoring and celebrating Deafhood. (Spring 2010)

Van Hoa VSA: The Search for Culture in America. Vietnamese American students bridging both cultures. (Spring 2007)  

The Verde Garden: Growing a Health Community. How a school community garden is growing healthy foods and kids. (Spring 2007)

A View of the Bay. Residents respond to plans to revitalize their neighbhorhood. (Spring 2006) 

Yo Soy Lo Que Soy. Gay Latino immigrants building a supportive community.  (Spring 2007)

United Disciplines (working title)follows the journey of a small group of college students as they dive into a multidisciplinary education experience.(Spring 2016)

The Young and the Techless explores how meaningful access to technology offers low-income youth the potential to achieve greater career opportunities and upward mobility, emphasizing an urgent need to bridge the digital divide. (Fall 2014)