On campuses nationwide, universities are beginning to do more outreach with their students around issues of body image and/or eating concerns. One type of event that is worth considering, is a film screening. Not only is this an event that many students would be interested in, but it is also an outreach activity that has proven to be an effective approach to address these issues on one’s campus. The following films and/or documentaries have been shown on college campuses during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Read through their description and take a look at the clips provided, to help you determine if one of these films would be a good fit for an upcoming campus event.
America the Beautiful
Looking at the cover of popular fashion magazines and examining the lengths that young girls will go to in order to achieve “perfection,” it’s easy to see why many people believe that America has developed an unhealthy obsession with beauty. In this documentary, filmmaker Daryl Roberts offers deeper insight into this observation by speaking with everyone from advertising and fashion professionals to average people on the street in an attempt to discover precisely why some people are willing to put their lives on the line in order to become physically attractive.
For information on screening this film on your campus, please go to:www.americathebeautifuldoc.com
Beauty Mark is for anyone who has ever felt invisible because they didn’t conform to our culture’s impossible, unhealthy, abnormal beauty standards. This courageous film examines popular culture’s toxic emphasis on weight and looks through the eyes of Boulder-based psychotherapist and former world-class triathlete Diane Israel – who tells her own story while interviewing other champion athletes, body builders, fashion models and inner-city teens about their experiences relating to self-image.
This deeply personal and funny film asks some tough questions… How do our families influence our relationships with our own bodies? How do popular culture “standards” get inside of our hearts and heads? In what ways can sports actually make us sicker instead of healthier? Former champion athletes, including David Scott, Ellen Hart Pena and Brenda Maller share their stories while notable luminaries such as playwright Eve Ensler, author Paul Campos and cultural critic Naomi Wolf provide their insights.
For information on screening this film on your campus, please go to:www.beautymarkmovie.com
Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women
In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes — images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne’s groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.
For information on screening this film on your campus, please go to:www.jeankilbourne.com
Speaking Out About Ed
After five years of research while entrenched in schools, universities, hospitals and working with families nationwide, this film sheds light on highly misunderstood mental illnesses, while shattering misconceptions about Ed and obesity through in-depth commentary from the nation’s leading medical professionals.
“Speaking Out About Ed” is compelling, smart– and important. No matter what you think you know about eating disorders, you will leave this film realizing there is, unfortunately, so much more to learn– and so much more to do. Participating in this program and seeing this film is certainly a needed way to start.
For information on screening this film on your campus, please go to: www.normal-life.org
ED 101 is a 30-minute film available to schools and universities and it is also a part of a multi-tiered live seminar program (in Wisconsin, South Carolina and New York only). This project is currently being evaluated by Harvard University’s School of Public Health STRIPED program.
Produced by Robyn Hussa at whitelephant productions, the 30-minute documentary film illustrates the four types of eating disorders through expert interviews, personal family stories, hopeful journeys of recovery and NORMAL rock musical footage sung by Broadway and American Idol performers.
This film features Caroline Costin, Dr. Kim Dennis, Laura Discipio, Dr. Laura Lees and Chevese Turner, as well as interviews with the collaborators of normal” the musical and several individuals in recovery.
Since its release, the ED 101 film has been seen by thousands of individuals and used in schools, treatment centers and practices worldwide as an effective introduction to eating disorders. NORMAL recommends that the film is followed by a discussion with medical professionals.
For information on screening this film on your campus, please go to: www.normal-life.org/ed-101/.