In The House is a short film that says more than most feature films, which is why we decided to begin the Festival with this film. It is poetic, painful and completely real. Again we are reminded of the importance of narratives but also that those are too often hidden, forgotten and made into a meaningless background noise to be suppressed with medication. How is it even possible to medicate away the memory of a child who died? Or the feeling of constantly experiencing being an outsider? Or to have been intimidated into silence? Do we think that it helps not to be asked what has happened, but instead getting a room in a corridor where many doors are closed, especially the one to the outer world? Arrive on time Friday 16 October, to see this movie!
Read more about the movie here.
There are few people more dedicated than John Read who still after many years of work continues to reminding about the essence of professional and therapeutic work- to not simplify but rather to acknowledge the very many factors which influence our lives; social, political, relational and economical. Read combines humor with deep seriousness when he tells about many years of practice and research. He shows his feelings and shares with us his knowledge. We are very happy to have him with us during the festival, combining his long trip from New Zealand with presentations due to Hearing Voices Network in Denmark.
Read more about John Reads presentation here.
One of the very highlights during the international ISPS conference in NYC 2015 was the presentation by Anne Cooke and Peter Kinderman regarding the groundbreaking report ”Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help” which presents a far broader, richer and complex description of that which is called psychosis and schizophrenia than usually is described. The fact that both Cooke and Kinderman very well know what they talk about makes their presentation even more valuable and ‘a must’ for those of us who meet people who most often are defined ‘psychiatric patients’. They present in a vivid way using their own experience so that each and every one realize the importance of creating a shift the way we talk to and about people who need support for a time in their life.
We are pleased to announce that Anne and Peter will be coming to the festival. Welcome to listen to their presentation and take the opportunity to talk with them during the breaks!
Read more about the presentation here.
Late Friday afternoon at our office, the phone rings. Doubt. Answer? Even though it is time to go home and let the weekend begin? In the handset a man presenting himself, Elias Hersi, he has just finished a film about his own journey, his own experience of life. It’s called Elias’ Angels and Demons, and he asks if it could be something for the Film Festival.
The week after Elias visit us, and we watch his film. It is poignant and poetic, it is full of Elias own music and some of the people he met and it seems like he have had a special ability to receive help from them. Elias says “The film was a heavy burden to bear, and if you can not unload your heaviness yourself then you must dare to ask for help, do not hesitate a second!”
Come see the film and meet Elias!
Read more about the film here.
We so much wanted to present Barbro Sandin and her invaluable work as a psychotherapist and supervisor due to psychosis and that which is defined “schizophrenia”, and thanks to a great cooperation with the movie maker Lejring a movie about her work is now translated to English for a broader audience.
Sandin´s therapeutic work reached far beyond the borders and in practice and research she showed the importance of not giving up on the idea that people may recover and leave an identity as patients. The therapeutic work is based on a humanistic idea and inspired both by ordinary life knowledge and philosophy.
With great pleasure we present the documentary film Conversations with Barbro Sandin by Lars Lejring from 2004. Most welcome to watch this important film!
Read more about the film here.
Our hope and vision is that the Driving Us Crazy Film Festival will be the beginning of a new era and contribute to a more balanced and accurate description of what is called mental illness. Help us realize this vision.
Participants from twelve countries entails costs, despite the fact that all our guests are extremely modest when it comes to fees. Most of us that work with the festival work voluntary and yet we expect an economic loss.
We don’t want anyone to be forced to stay home during the Driving Us Crazy Film Festival for economic reasons. That’s why we need your support to raise financial contribution to those who can not afford to pay the full ticket themselves.
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The Family Care Foundation is a politically and religiously independent non-profit organisation.
Daniel Mackler has become an ally and important person at our work place, and his film about the Family Care Foundation has created an ever broader network and reminded us even more about the importance of trying together with others to find alternatives to the dominant medical model.
The documentary film Healing Homes describes Family Care Foundation and some of the people involved through the lens of Mackler, and it focuses specifically on the people who bring both diagnosis and experiences from psychiatry. It shows how ordinary life, love and dedication might be a strong indicator for life changes, but it also shows what it takes from each and every one participating in the commitment.
Mackler has been travelling around the world the last five years and met a lot of people – those called patients, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, nurses, scientists, and so called ordinary people. We are honored and happy that he decided to create a film about our shared efforts, doubts, beliefs, experiences, dreams and visions. He will be around during the days – and welcomes people to have a chat. Take the opportunity!!!
Read more about the film here.
We are delighted to now tell you that David Cohen, Professor of Social Welfare at the Luskin School of Public Affairs of the University of California, has accepted the invitation to come to speak at the Film Festival. David Cohen was one of the most inspiring speakers at the Mad in America Film Festival and he received standing applause. He conveys knowledge about psychiatric history, gives a distinct picture of different parts that control how the psychiatric system operates today and he inspires, gives hope, but also urges us all to take responsibility for the changes that need to take place.
Read more about David Cohens lecture here.
This heartbreaking and moving film is debated, talked and written about in many different contexts as it clearly and openly raises questions about what is “normal” and what is “crazy” and leaves the viewer to self-assess and to identify with the various characters and events.
The film is appreciated for its clarity but also criticized for being unclear in its message about the causes of the tragedy described. Before we decided to have the film we talked about these different aspects and decided that the issues the film raises are of great value to discuss. What happens to a child who does not get confirmation of what he or she feels? Or to a person who is not allowed to keep his or her own reality? Why does a parent act the way this mother does? And is it possible to recognize oneself in this film, identify with one of the characters or with all of them? The film’s director Terry McMahon from Ireland will come for the Film Festival. Take the opportunity to listen to him, question and comment on his film. And most of all don’t miss this film!
Read more here.
In USA at the Mad in America Film Festival, we saw a film from our neighbor country Norway, Force Against Conviction. We are horrified. The film follows the true story of the Norwegian man Arnold Juklerød and his struggle against an oppressive social structure in which psychiatry is the main component. The story is so stark and raw that the brain struggles to believe that this has actually happened. We get a sense of absurdity, but our laughter gets stuck in our throat. Come and see it and understand that this has happened and, as many know, it happens again and again…
Read more here.