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Heart of the Matter, The (3/3)

This is also part of this series: Promise of Play Series, The (3)

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $150

Subjects: Psychology, Sociology

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Direct Cinema
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 59 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2000
Available in French: No

Perhaps the most important aspect of play is its ability to bring us together, to connect us. Play strengthens the bond between parent and child; it creates lifelong friends on the playground; it binds our communities together through celebrations, festivals and sporting events. Play helps all of us to belong. In this final episode, we experience the deeply personal nature of play. In New Orleans, we celebrate with the Mardi Gras Indians; in New Mexico, we watch abused wolf pups regain their natural instinct to play; and in an orphanage in El Salvador, physician and clown Patch Adams shows us the power of play to transcend and heal.