Dialogues With Madwomen
1994 Light-Saraf Films
Allie Light, Irving Saraf, Julia Hilder
Allie Light, Irving Saraf, Nancy Evans
Irving Saraf, Julia Hilder
Irving Saraf, Allie Light
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phrase loops, ewi
Freedom of Expression Award, Sundance Film Festival: 1994
Documentary Emmy Award: 1995
"Important, affecting...fascinating in the way it challenges us to see these women on their own terms and simultaneously question our notions of 'normal' behavior."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Riveting and revelatory...(a) remarkable film."
"Poignant and moving, a candid documentary about women and mental illness."
American Psychiatric Association
"I was always so afraid that someone would ask me where I was when JFK was shot, and I would have to say I was in a mental institution", says director Allie Light. This moving and informative film features seven women--including the filmmaker--describing their experiences with depression, manic depression, multiple personalities, schizophrenia, euphoria and recovery. Candid interviews are enriched with dramatic reenactments and visualizations of each woman's history, emotions and dreams--the private symbols of madness and sanity. The social dimensions of women and mental illness are revealed in testimony about sexual assault, incest, racism and homophobia, the abuses of the medical establishment, family and church. Acknowledging that "madness" is often a way of explaining women's self-expression, this film charges us to listen to the creativity and courage of survivors. Dialogues With Madwomen is a ground-breaking film about women and mental illness.
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