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Mama/M.A.M.A. (2003)

 -  8 March 2003 (USA)
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From the Academy Award[TM]-nominated and Emmy Award[TM]-winning producer of "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" and the Academy Award[TM]-nominated writer/director of "Death on the Job" comes "... See full summary »

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From the Academy Award[TM]-nominated and Emmy Award[TM]-winning producer of "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" and the Academy Award[TM]-nominated writer/director of "Death on the Job" comes "Mama/M.A.M.A.: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy." "Mama/M.A.M.A." is the provocative investigation of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a perplexing psychological disorder where a mother secretly but deliberately harms her child in order to get the sympathy and praise of others and the attention of the medical community. What emerges over three years of scrutiny are disturbing questions related to the medical profession's arrogant use of the diagnosis, the possible contribution from the pharmaceutical industry, and its grievous impact on families. Questions addressed in this film include: Is this syndrome an authentic phenomenon or is it a witch hunt? What are the moral implications of a society that fails to question the science behind the disorder, blindly lending faith to its sensational existence? The ... Written by Den Shewman <dshewman@aol.com>

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Disturbing, interesting, biased
12 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an extremely interesting movie that follows the story of 3 families in which the mother has been accused of Münchhausen syndrome by proxy. This is a disorder in which the mother purposefully makes her child sick in some way and by doing this receives praise and attention for caring for a very sick child. The three women in the movie are allowed to tell their stories and how their lives have been torn apart by the accusations. We also get to see many of the world's leading "authorities" on the disorder. The movie is very enthralling and may even make you angry.

Like most documentaries the filmmakers had a point of view going in and they only showed things that supported their point of view. However this did not overwhelmingly take away from the movie...it was still very interesting.


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