Continuing Education – Movies

Recommended Films

6 Balloons 

A loyal sister struggles to stay afloat while driving her heroin-addicted brother to a detox center and looking after his 2-year old daughter.

Time: 75 minutes
Where it can be found: Netflix


All Rise: For the Good of the Children

An in depth look into a trauma-informed courtroom in East Texas who are working to heal families in the child welfare system

Time: 75 minutes
Where it can be found: All Rise


At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal

A documentary about the sexual abuse within the USA gymnastics team.

Time: 1.5 hours
Where it can be found: HBO, Hulu


Black, White & Us

Black, White & Us is a documentary that explores racism in America through the lives of four white families who adopt African American children and must overcome their own inherent biases to become advocates. Is there a way to fix our racial divide? These transracial adoptive families just might provide the answer.

Time: 1.25 hours
Watch: Amazon Prime


Closure

A documentary about trans-racial adoption and the search for birth family and identity.

Time: 75 minutes
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime or rent here


Florida Project

A drama following a mother and daughter who are living in a budget motel in Orlando outside of Disney World.

Time: 2 hours
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube


Foster: HBO Special

A documentary about the foster care system, specifically in Los Angeles County.

Time: 2 hours
Where it can be found
: HBO Go, HBO Now


Generation Found

Drug abuse and addiction are rampant in schools around the world but particularity in America. This documentary explores how drugs are becoming a self-medicating coping mechanism for trauma and non-trauma surviving children alike. Watch as a Texas school takes a stand and give a generation of lost children the hope and support they need.

Time: 1.5 hours
Where it can be found: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, or Vudu


Gimme Shelter

Based on a true story about a pregnant teenager who flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected. She is forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative. A powerful movie demonstrating the impact one person can make on a child or teen.

Time: 2 hours
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime, Hulu,  iTunes


Gracie’s Choice

When her drug-addicted, abusive mother is sent to jail, a teenage girl fights to be legally emancipated and raise her younger siblings.

Time: 1.5 hours
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime, tubiTV


Healing Neen

A documentary featuring one mother’s journey through addiction, incarceration and homelessness. This program highlights the critical role of trauma-informed care in the child welfare system.

Time: 1 hour
Where it can be found: Vimeo


Instant Family

An engaging comedy/drama about foster care and sibling adoption.

Time: 2 hours
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime, Hulu, Instant Family


Know How

A musical written and acted in by former foster youth, chronicling their journeys through the foster care system in New York City.

Time: 1.75 hours
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime, iTunes, Netflix


Like Dandelion Dust

A compelling drama exploring the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of two families that intersect over the love of a little boy.

Time: 1.75 hours
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube


Precious

The story of an abused teen in New York, who is pregnant with her second child and is offered an opportunity to enroll in an alternative school. She then begins her journey towards hope.

Time: 1.75 hours
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, YouTube


Short Term 12

The story about the lives of teens in a foster care facility for at risk youth (RTC) as told through the eyes of their young supervisor, Grace.

Time: 1.5 hours
Where it can be found: Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube


The Day I Picked My Parents

The Day I Picked My Parents is a documentary series that follows ten foster children who are part of a revolutionary program operated by the nonprofit organization Kidsave in California, as they search to find their forever home. For the first time in their lives, they will have input into their own destiny as they decide where they want to live and who will be their family.

Time: 45 minutes each
Watch
: AE TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime


The Queen’s Gambit 

The Queen’s Gambit is a limited miniseries which follows the life of an orphan chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, during her quest to become the world’s greatest chess player while struggling with emotional problems and drug and alcohol dependency. The story takes place in the 1950’s and 60’s. Seven episode miniseries.

Time: 7 episodes, each 1 hour
Where it can be found: Netflix


They Have Names

There are 15,000 children in Arizona’s foster care system, but who are they? “They Have Names” follows five people and their families over a year as they navigate Arizona’s child welfare system. Why do these kids end up in the system? How are their cases managed? What happens when the kids grow up?

Time: 30 minutes
Watch: Amazon Prime, Arizona PBS


Unadopted

What does it mean to be Unadopted? That’s what Noel Anaya sets out to discover after reading a copy of his foster care file. Follow Noel in his quest for answers about his family and his experience in the foster care system. The story interweaves Noel’s own journey with three other teens who, like so many foster youth, are at an emotional crossroad that may impact the rest of their lives: whether to emancipate from the foster care system, opt into extended care, or pursue a forever family.

Time: 35 minutes
Watch: YouTube


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