|24.02. / Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 1
|27.02. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2
What happens to people who suffer from mental illnesses and commit violent crimes? Some are sent to forensic psychiatric hospitals – once called asylums for the criminally insane – where they disappear from public view for years. Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Kastner gained unprecedented access to one such facility, the Brockville Mental Health Centre. He follows the treatment of patients struggling to gain control over their lives, so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them. This remarkable documentary addresses these issues with unusual candour and warmth amid the larger-than-life personalities in the Centre and Kastner’s moving and empathetic drive to remove the stigma of mental illness.
John Kastner has won four Emmys for his documentaries Four Women, Fighting Back, The Lifer and the Lady and Life with Murder. Kastner has also won more than 75 international awards for his films, which include Monster in the Family and Rage Against the Darkness. He was honoured by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television with the Academy Achievement Award in 2007 and by Hot Docs with a retrospective of his work in 2012.
Loin d'eux-mêmes, loin des autres
2014, 88', DCP
John Westheuser, Derek Rogers
John Kastner, Deborah Parks
J.S. Kastner Productions, National Film Board of Canada
Festivals & Awards:
Calgary International Film Festival 2014; Atlantic Film Festival 2014; Hot Docs 2014; Reykjavik International Film Festival 2014; Cork Film Festival 2014
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