Take Your Pills

 

The pressure to achieve more, do more, and be more is part of being human –  and in the age of Adderall and Ritalin, achieving that can be as close as the local pharmacy. No longer just “a cure for excitable kids,” prescription stimulants are in college classrooms, on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley…any place “the need to succeed” slams into “not enough hours in the day.” But there are costs. In the insightful Netflix documentary TAKE YOUR PILLS, award-winning documentarian Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) focuses on the history, the facts, and the pervasiveness of cognitive-enhancement drugs in our amped-up era of late-stage-capitalism. Executive produced by Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger, TAKE YOUR PILLS examines what some view as a brave new world of limitless possibilities, and others see as a sped-up ride down a synaptic slippery slope, as these pills have become the defining drug of a generation.. A NETFLIX ORIGINAL

 

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The Heart of Nuba

 

Executive produced by Maria Shriver and directed by Kenneth Carlson, “The Heart of Nuba” tells the story of Dr. Tom Catena, a doctor in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, an area of the world so void of humanitarian and media attention that years of war go ignored, and cries for help go largely unheard. The only surgeon within 200 miles, ‘Dr. Tom’ does his best to save lives in the midst of carnage and terror, treating as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital, nestled in the heart of the Nuba Mountains. Surrounded by a country at war, living under the constant shadow of aerial bombardment, Dr. Tom and his mostly local staff defy Bashir’s ban on humanitarian aid, and work tirelessly to serve the Nuba people. This population of one million Muslims, Christians, Animists and Africans of traditional belief have lived together harmoniously for centuries. Now, together with Dr. Tom Catena, they struggle to survive.

 

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Brave in the Attempt

 

Executive produced by Maria Shriver, ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Short, “Brave in the Attempt,” captures the force of nature that was her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and shows how her personal mission, inspired by her sister Rosemary Kennedy’s own struggles with inclusion, to improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities eventually developed from the summer camp she started in 1962 in her Maryland backyard into the global organization it is today with more than 4.5 million athletes all over the world. As the Special Olympics Athlete pledge: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me brave in the attempt.”

 

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Still Alice

 

Executive produced by HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver in association with The Shriver ReportPaycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert offers the deeply personal, emotionally harrowing, and unvarnished true story of Katrina Gilbert, a single mom in Chattanooga, Tennessee, struggling to get ahead, but constantly knocked back by an out-of-date system that seems to prevent her from being able to push back from the brink.

 

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Paycheck to Paycheck:  The Life and Times of Katrina

 

Executive produced by HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver in association with The Shriver ReportPaycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert offers the deeply personal, emotionally harrowing, and unvarnished true story of Katrina Gilbert, a single mom in Chattanooga, Tennessee, struggling to get ahead, but constantly knocked back by an out-of-date system that seems to prevent her from being able to push back from the brink.

 

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The Mask You Live In

 

Executive produced by Maria Shriver and written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom; The Mask You Live In, follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

 

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The Alzheimer’s Project

 

Created by the award-winning team behind HBO’s acclaimed “Addiction” project, this multi-platform series takes a close look at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease both on those with Alzheimer’s and on their families.

Scientific research is gaining momentum in discovering ways to treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s. Aiming to bring a new understanding, THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT features a four-part documentary series, 15 short supplemental films, a robust website, and a nationwide community-based information and outreach campaign.

 

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American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver

 

Executive produced by Maria Shriver, American Idealist brings Sargent Shriver’s story to life in this documentary which aired nationally on PBS on January 21, 2008. A powerful 90-minute depiction of practical activism, it offers a hopeful vision of what this nation could be and could do, based on the experience of what it once did when pushed by the civil rights movement and guided by the War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver invented a string of social initiatives that shaped an era and dared millions of young Americans to live out their ideals, including Peace Corps, VISTA, Community Action, Head Start, Legal Services for the Poor, Youth Corps, Job Corps, and more. Those who knew him — Bill Moyers, Andrew Young, political commentator Mark Shields, and so many others — have spoken of Shriver in the same breath as Martin Luther King, Jr., calling him a visionary of deep humanity who helped create a more just society.

 

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