Bedlam

Bedlam

  • Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 PM
AGO

317 Dundas St. W
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, ASL Interpreted, Open Captions

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg / 2019 / USA / 84 min / Canadian Premiere

Haunted by the death of his sister Merle, psychiatrist Kenneth Paul Rosenberg takes on the role of documentary filmmaker to examine a national health crisis in the US. Bedlam follows personal stories of people living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other chronic mental health issues with a television-style precision. Bedlam describes the deinstitutionalization triggers pulled in the mid- and late 20th century (which occurred in Canada as well) to create this ‘bedlam’ on an inter/national scale. Created over the course of five years, Bedlam takes us inside Los Angeles County’s overwhelmed and vastly under-resourced psychiatric ER; a nearby jail warehousing thousands of patients; and people suffering from severe mental health issues in their homes and homeless encampments, where silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

Screening with

Talking at Night
Eric Thiessen | 2017 | Canada | 6 mins

Director Eric Thiessen captures behind-the-scenes experiences of Saskatoon’s Mobile Crisis Centre staff as they provide 24/7 crisis resolution to people in distress.

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De-institutionalization On Both Sides Of The Border

How has de-institutionalization shaped Toronto? Have we fared any better in the practice of de-institutionalization than our US counterparts? The history of de-institutionalization in our city has led to the Mad Pride movement, shaped the neighbourhood of Parkdale (and others in the GTA) and continues to alter hospital emergency rooms, shelter systems and community-based harm reduction centres. In witnessing how the United States systems have been affected in the documentary Bedlam, we will use this film as a counterpoint to reflect on where we have been and where we are going here at home.

CO-PRESENTER

ALSO OF INTEREST

PSYCHOSIS

11, 12, 17, 18, 20 OCTOBER 2019

In This House

11, 12, 15, 17, 20 OCTOBER 2019

Conviction

Conviction

  • Thursday, October 10, 6:30pm
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

506 Bloor St. W
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, Open Captions, Introduction and Q&A are ASL Interpreted

Nance Ackerman, Teresa MacInnes, Ariella Pahlke / 2019 / Canada / 78 min

TYPE: FILM

“It’s not that we wanna be here... where else do we have to go?"

– Bianca Mercer

Bianca Mercer is one of many women affected by Canada’s ineffective prison system. With more resources being invested into prisons than communities, women have become the highest growing prison population in the world.

In Conviction, a team of documentary filmmakers gain access to a female correctional facility in Nova Scotia to tackle the crisis from within. Instead of simply conducting interviews, the filmmakers collaborate with Bianca and other women in the facility to create a deeply personal and prisoner’s-eye documentary. Utilizing cameras, spoken word poetry and art supplies, the women share their experiences with institutionalization and unapologetically address the ineptitude of incarceration. What can we do to prevent women from being imprisoned in the first place and stop systemic re-institutionalization? Working alongside the Elizabeth Fry Society and the filmmakers, the women envision a better alternative to a failing criminal justice system to build communities; not cages.

Pre-film reception starts at 5:00 pm and includes food, beverage, art and film program.

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Women Incarcerated  

Join us for our first panel discussion, which will include Conviction’s filmmaker Ariella Pahlke, subject Tanya C. Bignell, and representatives from the Elizabeth Fry Society. Moderated by Orev Reena Katz, a Mental Health Correctional Chaplain, they will discuss the various realities and difficulties for women living with mental health issues within a correctional facility. Why are women the fastest growing segment of the prison system in Canada? How do we support, encourage and make space for the growth of women on the inside?

CO-PRESENTERS

ALSO OF INTEREST

PSYCHOSIS

11, 12, 17, 18, 20 OCTOBER 2019

In This House

11, 12, 15, 17, 20 OCTOBER 2019