RWMFF 2013 Review: Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health

Posted by Brandy Dean November 11, 2013 0 Comment 2207 views

Hidden PicturesFilmmaker Delaney Ruston has very personal interest in exploring the issues surrounding mental illness and how it’s discussed – her father was mentally ill, ultimately committing suicide and Ruston spent a lifetime with firsthand experience of the ways that is discussed (and not discussed). After exploring that topic in her first film Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia (2010), she turned her attention to the wider world with Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health.

In this documentary, Ruston travels to India, South Africa, China, France, and the US and uncovers powerful personal narratives centered around bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she discovers that the specifics of how mental illness is treated and discussed depends largely on non-medical, cultural influences. However, she also discovers a universal stigma around mental health and addiction issues, no matter where one might travel.

While Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health certainly had the potential to slip into a sort of doom and gloom narrative about the poor treatment received by the mentally ill, Ruston instead focuses on the more hopeful aspect of growing awareness. The film concludes with an uplifting look at the shifting attitudes about public discussion of mental illness and some of the people and programs working to accelerate that process.

Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health screens as part of the 2013 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.

Watch the Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health Trailer

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/62269180[/vimeo]

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