Public Health Film Series

Publicly Available Films

The Divide

Please join us on Tuesday, April 2nd, for our next Public Health Film Series movie:  The Divide, a film that uncovers how every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor –  the size gap between  rich and poor.   After the movie, a discussion about the public health implications will be led by Dr. Kate Stewart and Dr. Nickolas Zaller.

Movie poster for the Divide

The Trade

Behind the opioid epidemic are real people with real stories. Showtime has recently released a new 5 part documentary series, The Trade, which sheds light on the opioid epidemic impacting families across the United States. The Trade beautifully and tragically portrays each part of the drug chain and puts a face on America’s drug crisis. The compelling stories in the series can help both families deal with addiction, and prevent individuals from ever starting down that path.

From the Ashes

This film captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the present Administration.  From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate.  The film invites audiences to learn more about the industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

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We’re living at a time in which being homeless, being on drugs, or being mentally ill are crimes that can send you to prison. This film presents three promising and much less expensive alternatives that can actually improve people’s lives while at the same time save taxpayers’ dollars: Utah’s Housing First program, LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) in Seattle, and San Antonio’s 40-hour CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) for law enforcement officers.

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ToxiCity: Life at Agbobloshie, the world’s largest e-waste dump in Ghana

E-waste, the term given to discarded electronic appliances, is often shipped by developed nations to poorer countries such as Ghana. RTD visits the country’s most infamous dumping ground, Agbogbloshie. Locals call it “Sodom and Gomorrah” after the infamous Biblical sin cities. Its air and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals, while extreme poverty, child labour and criminal gangs are also rife. Learn more

Bathing in Poison: The Flint Water Crisis

Since April 2014, the people of Flint, Michigan (pop. 102, 434) have been battling a public health emergency due to lead poisoning in the water supply. With the state and EPA ignoring the crisis for the first 18 months, preventing access to a clean water, and failing to protect the historically low-income neighborhood, GreenForAll took to the streets of Flint to join residents in taking matters into their own hands. Since then, it has been found that lead is not the only concern but toxic chemicals like chloroform are also damaging the health and safety of everyone in Flint.

Undrinkable: The Flint Water Emergency

The people who live in the city of Flint, Michigan have been through a lot in the last few the years; including extreme poverty and being labeled the most dangerous city in America. This latest crisis, however, is the worst to have ever hit the city that was once thought to be synonymous with the American dream.


Momenta is an environmental conservation film that serves as a call to action, aiming to motivate communities in the Pacific Northwest to fight against the coal export industry. The filmmakers and interview subjects ask the audience to rethink fossil fuels and the inevitable long-term damage they will cause to the global environment.

Momenta utilizes beautiful cinematography to capture the lush and vibrant landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, making the anti-coal argument even more compelling by showing the purity of nature that we all risk losing. (YouTube Summary)

The Secrets of Sugar

We’ve heard for years about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there have never been recommended limits for sugar on Canadian food labels, despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff may be making more of us fat and sick.
Has the sugar industry been hiding an unsavoury truth from consumers?

A small but influential group of medical researchers is stirring up the health debate, linking sugar not just to rising obesity rates but also to a host of diseases including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

We put a family of four on a healthy diet to try to beat their sugar habit and track the surprising results. We talk to leading scientists — and their critics. And we ask the food industry why those ingredient labels are far from clear when it comes to how much sugar is really on your plate. (YouTube Summary)