Saturday, 15 August 2020

Interview with Sera Davidow, October 2014

Here's an excerpt from an interview with our own Sera Davidow, published in October of 2014:


"Mental illness" is a loaded term, and too often the ones with the weapons to combat it have inaccurate or too narrow aims.

That's a quick summation of two films by Sera Davidow at the Mad in America International Film Festival this weekend. The festival started Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Davidow is the director of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community. She made the films separately but said they dovetail to a certain extent.

Davidow's first film, "Beyond the Medical Model," explores how the restrictive systems of language and legalities that surround the area of emotional problems has often exacerbated these issues for certain people. The film encourages broadening the scope of dealing with these issues beyond the traditional framework that has been in place for decades. "Beyond the Medical Model" will be screened Saturday at 2:30 p.m.


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