Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Past Film Events: Healing Homes - March, 2011



Be one of the first in the world to see this groundbreaking film!

About the Film:

HEALING HOMES, a documentary film on recovery from psychosis (directed by HEALING_HOMES_PHOTO_2 Daniel Mackler of “Take These Broken Wings”), chronicles the work of the Family Care Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden.  The organization, backed by over twenty years of experience, places people who have been failed by traditional psychiatry with host families -- predominately farm families in the Swedish countryside -- as a start for a whole new life journey.  

Host families are chosen not for any psychiatric expertise, but rather, for their compassion, stability, and desire to give back.  People live with these families for upwards of a year or two and become an integral part of a functioning family system.  Workers from the Family Care Foundation also offer individuals intensive psychotherapy and provide host families with intensive supervision.  

HEALING_HOMES_PHOTO_1The Family Care Foundation eschews the use of diagnosis, works within a framework of striving to help people come safely off psychiatric medication, and provides their services, which operate within the context of Swedish socialized medicine, for free.

HEALING HOMES weaves together interviews with farm families, individuals living with them and workers from the Foundation to create both a powerful vision of medication-free recovery and an eye-opening critique of the medical model of psychiatry.




In English, 79 minutes.


View the Film Trailer:

View the 'Healing Homes' trailer on Youtube! 

About the Filmmaker:

"My basic inspiration comes from looking within.  My true self, like the true self within all of us, is a powerhouse of purity and energy.  Self-reflection has been my life’s devotion for nearly 20 years, and experience has shown me that the answers are within each of us—if we can find them."

- Daniel Mackler

daniel_mackler_photoDANIEL MACKLER, is a former therapist (closing his private practice in March of 2010), musician, current filmmaker and world traveller who has dedicated much of his recent years to learning about and documenting alternative ways of approaching mental health and emotional well being.  His debut film, 'Take These Broken Wings,' detailed the recovery stories of Joanne Greenberg (author, 'I Never Promised You a Rose Garden') and Catherine Penny (focus of the book, 'Dante's Cure') and has been viewed at conferences, screenings and in homes worldwide.  Daniel's next project (currently in post-production) is a film detailing the work of the Finnish Open Dialogues program and will be the final film in this Spring's Alternative Perspectives Film Series.


For more about Daniel, his film, his music and his work, please visit his website.


Screening Dates & Locations:


"If you want to think of alternatives to biological psychiatry and its treatment for mental disorders, watch Healing Homes and ask yourself:  Which way is better?  The words of a young mother, finding refuge on a farm in Sweden, will stay with you: 'If you do not have love, you cannot help."  Healing Homes is a moving, thoughtful and inspiring film."

- Robert Whitaker

Author, 'Anatomy of an Epidemic' & 'Mad in America'





Monday, March 7 6pm to 8pm

Center for Human Development 

332 Birnie Ave, Springfield

Co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC & the Center for Human Development



Tuesday, March 8 4pm to 6pm

Jae's Spice Restaurant, 2nd Floor - Small Ballroom

297 North Street, Pittsfield

Co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC & the Brien Center



Wednesday, March 9 2pm to 4pm

Advocates, Inc.

1881 Worcester Rd, Framingham

Co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC & Advocates, Inc.



Thursday, March 10 10am to 12pm

Boston Resource Center

Solomon Carter Fuller Center

Boston, MA

Co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC & the Metro Boston RLC




Thursday, March 10 2pm to 4pm

Arlington Town Hall

730 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington


Co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC & the Metro Suburban RLC



Friday, March 11 12pm to 2pm

Central Mass RLC's Worcester Center

91 Stafford St, Worcester

Co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC & the Central Mass RLC




Friday, March 11 430pm to 630pm

Rcovery Annex

74 Federal St, Greenfield

Co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC & Clinical & Support Options





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