More Than Just Doctors

A look at the quality of health care in Micronesia. Shows some of the problems that must be faced, more than graduating young Micronesian doctors

Junk Food! Danger!

School kids these days flash their red fingers- a sure sign they've been eating ramen and Kool Aid straight. Donuts and chips, soda and snacks- all of it is tasty, but unsatisfying and harmful to the health over the long run. When the stomach aches start in this video, the junk food starts to lose …

Our Distant Relatives

This short documentary about the US-related islands of the Pacific discusses health conditions and social setting in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  While the developed world urges prevention as the new battle line in the campaign against illness, many …

Food Fight: Good vs. Rotten

Who will protect our children from diseases caused by poor nutrition? Today, when junk food and sweets are so readily available and so attractive to children, traditional foods and a balanced diet seem dull and unappealing.  In this video, one young boy sees the need to help others learn that good nutrition and exercise are important …

Just Blowin’ Smoke

Who do people start using tobacco?  Whether through smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco with Betel nut, people who use tobacco have some reason (excuse) for starting.  Through a series of vignettes, “Just Blowin Smoke” takes a look at some of these reasons and concludes that there is no good reasons for using tobacco.  Although humor is used to …

The Way We Were

Two children visit their favorite storyteller, Lima, who tells the children the story of Uab and how the islands of Palau were formed.  Through the telling of this story the children become aware of the connections between Uab and their friend Lima. Both are "giants" because of eating too much.  The children realize that many Micronesians are …

It Could Be You!

The four mini-dramas presented in this video address sensitive issues of sexuality in Micronesia, often too rarely discussed.  Featuring over seventy-five children and adults from throughout the islands, each drama is followed by a recitation of factual information.  Covering topics that range from STD's and teenage pregnancy to AIDS and marital infidelity, the video presents a appropriate …

Breaking the Ice

Over the past decade, the people in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas have been silent witnesses to a raging storm.  This storm, which has swept over other parts of the Pacific, is a killer, claiming lives and destroying communities.   It is man-made and known by many names: shabu, glass, or ice; crystal methamphetamine.  This video documents the …

Owning Our Own Health

Documentary on what Micronesia can do to improve the quality of health services and to take full ownership of its own health system.

Feet First

As people age, their medical thoughts often turn to their heart or lungs or liver. Yet, the many who suffer from diabetes should also be thinking of their feet. After all, it is injuries to the feet that can be serious threats to our health, since blood circulation to the feet becomes poor and the …

Ashes To Ashes

“Ashes to Ashes” describes much more than what remains of a smoked cigarette. It offers testimonies by three young Micronesians to the damage that tobacco has done to a loved one in their family. Their interlocked stories tell of key figures in their lives who died early because of their smoking habit. But if there …

Stop TB

TB rates might be dropping in many parts of the world, but the disease is still a serious problem in the Pacific.  Rates throughout Micronesia are many times higher than in the US.  This video documentary explains what causes the disease and how it can easily spread from one person to another.  Anyone who may …

10,000 Steps

Diabetes, like heart disease, has become a serious health problem in our day, a doctor explains to his audience in the opening of this video.  The consequences of this can include amputation, loss of sight and a host of other problems.  To control the disease people need to watch their diet and get exercise each …

Outcasts No Longer

Like lepers in the past, HIV victims in our day have been shunned as incurables, even though recent medical advances have made it possible to treat the disease effectively. It's high time to change our thinking about HIV/AIDS and our strategies for dealing with it.

To Chew or Not to Chew

Our hero’s college assignment is to do a report on an aspect of island life. He chooses betelnut and decides to investigate why so many people chew. Dodging streams of spit and puddles of slime, he interviews chewers to find out more about the habit. Along the way, he makes some first-hand observations about dental …

Chasing the Dream

Competitive athletics, even in a small nation like FSM, can be a pathway to the World Olympics. Chasing Dreams traces sports in the life of island people–from the pickup village volleyball game to the all-island league to the regional finals. Sports are more than just fun; they build bodies and character, while teaching discipline and …

Before It’s Too Late

Not long ago, the biggest threat to a Micronesian's life was infectious disease. Pneumonia, smallpox, typhoid, TB, influenza – these were responsible for the majority of deaths in Micronesia. But times are changing. These days, most illness is preventable. With regular visits to the doctor, most life-threatening sickness can be stopped in its very early …

Going Yellow

Local foods are just for old people, right? Who wants to eat taro and breadfruit when there's rice and corn beef available? This video makes the argument that there is more to local foods than meets the eye. Local foods like breadfruit, bananas, taro, and pandanus are very high in vitamins and nutrients and very …

The Dreadful Flu

Dark days have come over an island. The population suffers from a plague that brings just about everything to a standstill. Government offices and schools are shut down, and even stores are forced to cut back as their employees and customers fall ill. The sneezing and coughing, the chills at night, the listlessness are all …