"Millions of Americans wrestle with a drug or alcohol problem during their lives, usually without the aid of counseling. But at Ackerman Institute for the Family, teams of counselors help many to regain their freedom. This program tracks the progress of a husband and wife, a mother and teenage daughter, and a young couple over a three-year period as they fight their way to recovery. Candidly filmed at Ackerman, at Addicts Rehabilitation Center in New York, and even in the subjects' homes, the documentary provides valuable insights into both the devastating effects of drug and alcohol dependence on different types of relationships and the methods being used to assist in breaking addictions. An HBO production."
Olive is a little girl who dreams of winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Her family wants her dream to come true, but they are so dysfunctional that they can barely make it through a day without some disaster befalling them. Circumstances conspire to put the entire family on the road together with the goal of getting Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in California.
A look at the life of legendary Malibu surfer Dorian 'Doc' Paskowitz, a successful doctor who dropped out of normal society in the '60s and raised nine kids in a motor home, where he home-schooled them about life, love, sex, and surfing.
"For years we've been hearing about the homeless. Now we can hear from them." Also compares the style of representing the poor and homeless by Mary Jo Copeland of Sharing and Caring Hands and the militant in-your-face style of Up & Out of Poverty in St. Paul.
In 1981, Chris Gardner was a struggling salesman. In the face of his difficult life, Chris has the desperate inspiration to try for a stockbroker internship The odds become more daunting by the day, still Chris clings to this dream. Together, father and son struggle through homelessness, jail time, tax seizure and the overall punishing despair in a quest that would make Gardner a respected millionaire.
Born to Irish parents, McCourt endured a childhood of extreme poverty. He rose from humble beginnings to become a Pulitzer Prize winner. In "Angela's ashes", he recounts the heartbreaking stories and the soul-saving humor of his childhood.
Jamal Malik is an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up. He describes their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Every chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible questions.