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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Film Series: Alternative Perspectives

 
 
The Western Mass RLC has developed an Alternative Perspectives Film Series with the help and support of several co-sponsors.  This series is intended to bring peoplefilm_camera together to hear about ideas and approaches they may not have heard or had the time to fully explore.  The intent of the series is not to necessarily convince any one person to change their perspective, but rather to create a forum for all of us to talk about and explore different ideas on mental health, psychiatric treatments and diagnosis, human rights and oppression and what it all means to us.
 
 
 
Providers of mental health services, doctors, students, teachers, individuals who have been diagnosed or treated within the mental health system,  emergency room and other hospital staff, police officers and other first responders, family and friends of individuals who have received psychiatric diagnoses and all who have an interest in recovery, hope and healing are welcome and encouraged to attend!  We will be offering Continuing Education Credits whenever possible for each event.
 
 

 

Past Film Events: Between the Lines - May, 2011

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About the Film:

'Between the Lines' is an award-winning  21-minute, visually lyrical, experimental documentary created by and about women who cut themselves. It explores the gray areas in women's relationships to their bodies in the context of deliberately self-inflicted injury and seeks to negotiate the fine line between self-destructive behavior and self-preserving coping mechanisms.

 

Read more: Past Film Events: Between the Lines - May, 2011

Past Film Events: Healing Homes - March, 2011

 

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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.

 

Read more: Past Film Events: Healing Homes - March, 2011

Past Film Events: Crooked Beauty - October, 2010

The Western Mass RLC will begin their fall film series titled ‘Alternative Perspectives on Mental Health’ at the end of this month.  The purpose of the series is to gather individuals across agencies, schools and the community to view films that offer new ideas or alternative perspectives about mental health experiences as a way of encouraging discussion and considering the potential impact and needs in our area.  The series will kick off with special screenings of ‘Crooked Beauty,’ by Ken Paul Rosenthal.  Ken will be traveling in from California to join us and lead discussion after each showing.  Crooked Beauty screenings are being co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC, the Center for Human Development, the Brien Center, NAMI Berkshire County, Mount Holyoke College, Clinical & Support Options, Advocates, Inc, the Transformation Center and the Metro Boston RLC.

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Read more: Past Film Events: Crooked Beauty - October, 2010

Past Film Events: Take These Broken Wings - November, 2010

The Western Mass RLC will continue their fall film series, ‘Alternative Perspectives on Mental Health’ in November with screenings of 'Take These Broken Wings' with filmmaker, Daniel Mackler.  The purpose of the series is to gather individuals across agencies, schools and the community to view films that offer new ideas or alternative perspectives about mental health experiences as a way of encouraging discussion and considering the potential impact and needs in our area.  These screenings are co-sponsored by the Western Mass RLC, the Center for Human Development, the Brien Center, NAMI Berkshire County, Clinical & Support Options, Advocates, Inc, and the Metro Boston RLC.  All screenings are free and open to the public, though some venues have limited seating so it is suggested that you call to reserve your space at (413) 539-5941 ext. 301.

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Read more: Past Film Events: Take These Broken Wings - November, 2010

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