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A powerful documentary that touches on numerous subjects – medical, biographical, religious and LGBT – this is highly recommended.
- Video Librarian
About the Film
Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. The San Francisco Chronicle calls the film “brave [and] refreshingly unsentimental” and audiences across the country have been moved by this inspiring story of perseverance and resilience.
Dr. Grace Dammann was a prominent HIV/AIDS physician who was honored by the Dalai Lama for her extraordinary work during the height of the epidemic. In 2008, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic for Grace when another driver crashed head on into her car. Though she miraculously survived, she spent more than a year in rehabilitation hospitals.
States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she lives with her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder and their daughter Sabrina. With humor and candor, the film intimately captures their story as Grace struggles to discover new purpose in her radically altered life.
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"What I wanted was a teaching tool for medical students, physicians, physical therapists, and family members who are dealing with caregiver and care-receiver issues. I was thinking that this could ultimately be of service because I wanted something good to come out of my accident — not just for me, but for everybody."
— Dr. Grace Dammann
We've created the States of Grace Screening Kit to enhance and deepen your use of the film. It consists of the educational DVD (or stream), a public performance license and a Viewer’s Guide that includes three sections: a Discussion Guide to help you facilitate a thoughtful post-film discussion; FAQs written by the main characters and the film directors; and Grace’s Medical Case History. A printed version of the Discussion Guide is included with all DVD purchases.
'States of Grace' has clear applicability in medical education for teaching about caregiving, disability, doctor-as-patient, family dynamics, and rehabilitation. It would be of interest to medical students, trainees, and professionals, as well as scholars in all areas of medical humanities.
— Katie Grogan,
Master Scholars Program
in Humanistic Medicine,
NYU School of Medicine
The medical, clinical, ethical, social, and legal issues raised by the film are tremendous, especially for their teaching and learning capacity. At UNLV, we screened this film for our community's medical students, law students, local physicians, practicing attorneys, and other health professionals and it was a huge success!
— Stacey A. Tovino, JD, PhD
Lehman Professor of Law
Director, Health Law Program
William S. Boyd School of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
An amazing film that poetically captures the many layers of triumph and struggle experienced by both patients and caregivers. Remarkable in its honesty, surprising in its humor, and gripping in its ability to take viewers to unexpected places.
— Robert B. Saper, MD MPH
Director of Integrative Medicine,
Boston Medical Center
Department of Family Medicine,
Boston University School of Medicine
Meet tEam Grace
States of Grace is a labor of love that emerged from a desire to witness and document a dear friend’s remarkable journey following a devastating, life-altering event.
Film subject Dr. Grace Dammann and filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman have presented the film and spoken at dozens of educational institutions, hospitals, rehab centers, Zen centers and film festivals around of the country. When Grace and the filmmakers are present for events, the room lights up!
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