Screening — Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health

Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – 7:30pm USA 2013. Director: Delaney Ruston

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! The statistics are staggering. According to the World Health Organization, as many as 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental illness. Access to care depends on where you reside: in the developing world, fully 80% of those experiencing a severe mental disorder receive no treatment at all. Lack of funding, education, and the prevalence of stigma all contribute to this dire state of affairs — a situation compassionately explored in physician/filmmaker Delaney Ruston’s latest film, Hidden Pictures.

Travelling to four continents, Ruston uncovers some unforgettable stories. In India, a family ashamed of their adult daughter’s schizophrenia keep her a virtual prisoner in their home. In South Africa, traditional beliefs in possession by evil spirits as the cause of mental illness still hold sway. In China, a family abandons their (seemingly sane) son to a mental institution for eight years against his will. In France, a man recovered from a severe depression finds it impossible to find work or acceptance. And in the United States, a man homeless for ten years receives life-changing help not from “the system,” but from a total stranger. Concluding with an exploration of how people around the globe are working towards positive change, Hidden Pictures is a wake-up call to the world. Colour, HDCAM, in English and multiple languages with English subtitles. 57 mins.

Post-screening discussion with Delaney Ruston, MD, a Seattle-based, Stanford-trained physician, documentary filmmaker, and nationally recognized mental health advocate. Ruston has spent the past decade devoted to making films that inspire compassion around mental health issues. Her previous film, the award-winning PBS documentary, Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, chronicles her experience of reconnecting with her father, who has schizophrenia, after hiding from him for ten years.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
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