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New Narratives In Health

About New Narratives In Health

Thanks to the Kahlert Foundation's generous gifts, we have leveraged the University of Utah Health sponsorship with the Sundance Institute and Film Festival to produce four short, award-winning documentary films to improve lives. New Narratives in Health is designed to raise awareness, philanthropy, and impact policies that improve the quality of life for our communities. This initiative is based on the idea that scientists and artists need to work together to more broadly communicate advances in knowledge.

NARI Film: Winding Path

Jenna Murray is an Eastern Shoshone MD, PhD student at University of Utah. Her most formative childhood experiences were spent on her family’s Wind River Indian Reservation ranch where she loved nothing more than helping her grandfather. When her active, 70-year-old Papa suddenly dies of a preventable health issue, Jenna grapples with her dream of a career in tribal health while facing her own mental health crisis. 

Learn More About Winding Path

Documentaries from Past Sundance Film Festivals

Language of Care

Navigating health care is hard enough when English is your first language—imagine the difficulty when American Sign Language (ASL) is your first language. This documentary tells the amazing story of how a community of Deaf patients are breaking barriers by co-designing their own care with U of U Health researchers.

Watch Language of Care (6 mins.)

Meet Me Where I Am

This documentary follows Adolphus Nickleberry through his journey at U of U Health's Intensive Outpatient Clinic. As he rewrites his story with help from compassionate providers, he overcomes the ripples of health disparities and racism that last generations. While surviving the loss of his parents and a lifetime of substance abuse, Adolphus looks to the future.

Watch Meet Me Where I Am (11 mins.)

One In a Million

By the time Tyler turned 10, he lost his ability to walk, see, and hear. But the cause remained a mystery. His family eventually turned to U of U Health, where scientists searched Tyler’s DNA for clues to his condition. This award-winning documentary shows their journey of discovery, which led to a life-changing treatment.

Watch One In a Million (10 mins.)