Film Reviews

Most of the resources listed here may be borrowed from NLES with identification and a deposit, please contact us for more information.

July 2013: Resource Title: “every 21 seconds…8 stories of brain injury in 7 parts”, written and directed by Laura Napier. Running time 60 minutes (dvd). Review: This documentary was narrated by Woody Harrelson and funded by the New Mexico Brain Injury Advisory Council so we were kind of excited to see it. It was disappointing. Maggie commented that it was “too drawn out” and not meant for actual survivors of brain injury. DJ thought it was too long. They made some good points in the film but we found it too long and too dark overall.

August 2013: Resource Title: “Head Games”, directed by Steve James. Running time 96 minutes (dvd). Review: This documentary is based on a book by former WWE wrestler and Harvard football player Chris Nowinski. Rachel and Zel heard Chris Nowinski speak at the 2013 Virginia Brain Injury Report Out Day and bought the dvd. Review: This is a very eye-opening documentary that looks at head injuries in sports. Zel and Rachel got our copy signed! Zel gave this film a thumbs up. Diane found it very informative, and Maggie commented that it gave us a better understanding. Even though it was longer than last month’s dvd we enjoyed it a lot more.It might just change the way you look at repetitive head trauma, particularly in our young people.

September 13: Resource Title: “Elvin The Elephant Who Forgets“, written by Heather Snyder, Ph.D., illustrated by Susan Beebe. Running time approximately 20 minutes (dvd, storybook). This dvd is not animated, it is a film of the Elvin storybook being read. It is a story about a young elephant with a brain injury and it is designed to help pediatric survivors of brain injury understand the changes they experience. We liked this movie and think it would be very good for children with brain injury. Brandon noticed that Elvin was counting the same kind of figs in the story that we grow in our back yard (green ones!). Maggie commented that it would be very good if we could take it to a place where there are children with brain injuries.

Elvin The Elephant Who Forgets

Elvin The Elephant Who Forgets

October 2013: Resource Title: “TBI: One Woman’s Journey”, produced and directed by Tonia Wittkower. Running time 20 minutes (dvd). Review: This documentary tells the story of a young woman who sustains a brain injury in a car accident. It follows her recovery. Calvin liked it, and Matt thought the message was inspiring. He said, “Just like I said, never give up!”. The group had some discussion about what her mother meant when she said that if she had “kept her here, she’d still be here”. Suzie thought it was great that her family pushed her to recover, and Maggie agreed, stating, “You can’t hover too much, you’ve got to let them try, and then if they don’t progress you draw them back in.” Overall the group seemed to like this title.

TBI: One Woman's Journey

TBI: One Woman’s Journey

November 2013: Resource Title: “Life Goes On (Inside the lives of families of youth with brain injuries)”, produced by Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children – 2004. Running time 29 minutes (dvd). Review: This documentary tells the stories of youths (a teenager and a child) who survive brain injuries, and the impact on their families. Diane thought it was interesting. It led to a discussion of how everybody has different strengths and limitations and shouldn’t all be judged by the same standard. Matt and Zel thought the film was alright. It reminded Zel of how important it is for kids to wear helmets. We all liked this film, it was pretty good.

Life Goes On (Inside the lives of families of youth with brain injuries)

Life Goes On (Inside the lives of families of youth with brain injuries)

February 2014:  Resource Title: “What Happened, Dad?  The Story of a Preventable Family Tragedy” directed by Ralph Conradt; running time 44 minutes (DVD).  Review:  This documentary is a true story about a high school football player named Max Conradt who suffered from a head injury during a game.  Max continued to play football, although he showed signs of head trauma (i.e. long-lasting headaches following the game), which lead to a second concussion and then a coma.  The story sheds light on the fact that many young athletes may be using faulty equipment during school sports that may potentially lead to serious injury.  We at No Limits believe that more safety regulations should be in place regarding the testing of sports equipment for ALL athletes, especially helmets!!  Brandon says “it’s a shame that Max was injured and he’s a very tough guy!”  We would like to remind everyone that head injuries can be very serious, no matter how minor they may seem at the time, and resting after an injury is the key to minimize the possibility of re-injury!  Overall we liked this film and found it educational.

What Happened, Dad?  The Story of a Preventable Family Tragedy

March 2014: Resource Title: “Brain Injury A Look Inside”, written by Richard C. Senelick, M.D.  Running time 85 minutes (DVD). Review:  This instructive DVD focused on educational facts regarding those living with brain injury.  It explained the differences between various types of injuries to the brain and how they may affect the body.  This DVD also gave us some valuable information about the three most common symptoms after an injury to the brain, which included: cognitive, physical, and behavioral symptoms.  There was also a section on the DVD discussing “neural plasticity” which explained that improvement from a brain injury requires functional tasks and may take place for years after the brain is injured!  We thought that that was a very important fact to remember!  David says this video hit very close to home for him as he has experienced some of the symptoms that were discussed.  We think that this video was a great educational tool although it was a bit long.

Brain Injury A Look Inside

Brain Injury A Look Inside