Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 7:30pm
Canada 2013. Dir: John Kastner. 88 min. HDCAM
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! The Brockville Mental Health Centre in Ontario is a facility for men and women who commit violent crimes but are determined to be “Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder.” Acclaimed documentary filmmaker John Kastner (Life With Murder) spent 18 months at Brockville filming the day-to-day life of four patients, Michael, Carole, Sal, and Justine, as they struggled with their mental illnesses, tried to come to terms with the events that caused them to be institutionalized, and dealt with their mixed emotions about reintegration into a society that for the most part would prefer to forget them. Candid, compassionate, and absolutely unforgettable, the film won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2014.
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Johann Brink, Clinical Professor and Head of Forensic Psychiatry at UBC; Co-Chair of the Canadian Forensic Mental Health Network; Vice President, Medical Affairs and Research at the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission; and Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology at SFU.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
“Engrossing … Workmanlike in aesthetic terms, but its cogency and emotional impact speak to sharp editorial assembly of doubtless voluminous raw footage.”
Variety | full review
“One of the strongest films [Kastner’s] ever made.”
POV Magazine | full review