Staff Picks: Our Favorite Library Videos

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on August 07, 2017 # News

All of these DVDs can be checked out of our Paralysis Resource Center Library. Please see the instructions for using the library at The online catalog can be used to find other books and videos related to paralysis.

Christopher Reeve: Hope in Motion (2002) is a favorite of Information Specialist Kathy. It is a documentary about actor Christopher Reeve. Filmed and co-directed by his son Matthew Reeve, it is an intimate look at Reeve’s day to day life with spinal cord injury. The Reeve Foundation continues to get calls about Reeve’s life after paralysis and this documentary is a great portrait of his life. The film follows Reeve over many months of treatment and campaigning for stem cell research funding while also giving a glimpse of his family life. It documents the start of some recovery of function that began with movement of a single finger years after his injury.

Secretariat’s Jockey: Ron Turcotte (2012) Sheila, Senior Director of the Paralysis Resource Center, chose to feature this documentary as a long-time horse lover. Everyone remembers or has heard of Secretariat but not as many know that his jockey Ron Turcotte was spinal cord injured five years after Secretariat’s famed Triple Crown win. Canadian Turcotte has lived with paraplegia since 1978. This documentary follows Turcotte on various road trips to horse races where he is the source of inspiration for others.

RxRelax: Seated Therapeutic Yoga (2016) is the pick of Angela, the PRC’s Director of Operations and a yoga enthusiast herself. The DVD offers a filmed adaptive yoga session with Jay Gupta, pharmacist and master yoga instructor. All of the practice in this session is done while seated. Viewers can choose to participate at home with the whole yoga practice or they can pick out various areas of the body to work on and only view those parts. As always, please check with your physician about starting any new exercise program.

The Intouchables (2013) is the top video pick of Information Specialist Beth. It is drama based on the true story of a French aristocrat, Philippe, and his ex-con caregiver, Driss and highlights their unlikely friendship. Philippe, a quadriplegic, and Driss have adventures with speeding cars and go paragliding over the Alps, but also deal with the difficult issues Philippe’s spinal cord injury causes. The film is in French with English subtitles and was a Golden Globe nominee. It is touching, funny, and a realistic portrayal of life with quadriplegia.

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