The 2014 National Association of Social Workers National Conference will feature a Film Festival on July 24. The Film Festival will spotlight films that feature social workers, are made by social workers, or have focused public attention on issues important to the profession. Attendees will also get the chance to meet filmmakers in discussion sessions after each screening and earn continuing education credits.
This documentary follows families in Portland, Oregon who are struggling to find jobs, food and shelter in the aftermath of the Great Recession and the organizations trying to meet this almost overwhelming need. The film comes from brothers and filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, producers of HBO’s Emmy Award-winning series “Taxicab Confessions.”
Social worker Geri Lynn Matthews’ husband Michael suffered from depression and repeatedly tried to commit suicide. She discovered that decades ago Michael had been knocked unconscious and raped by fellow soldiers. That prompted the Matthews to do a documentary to put public and legislative attention on an issue often shrouded in secrecy and shame – the sexual assault of males in the military.
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Children suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are twice as likely to end up on drugs, in jail or homeless. Photojournalist Dan Habib’s film looks at an innovative school social work program in New Hampshire that helps these children find ways to overcome these issues, stay in class, and once again dream of brighter futures.