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Direc­tors: Phil Borges and Kevin Tom­lin­son

Pre­miered at the 2017 Seat­tle Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val

Crazy…or wise?  There is a grow­ing move­ment of men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als in this coun­try who are con­cerned about how var­i­ous psy­choses are defined and treat­ed in the West.

The tra­di­tion­al wis­dom of indige­nous cul­tures is often quite dif­fer­ent from our mod­ern views, iden­ti­fy­ing what we term “psy­chot­ic” symp­toms as an indi­ca­tor of shaman­ic poten­tial rather than as evi­dence of a brain that is some­how bro­ken.  In this doc­u­men­tary, human rights pho­tog­ra­ph­er and film­mak­er Borges explores the men­tal health cri­sis in Amer­i­ca, and inter­views a vari­ety of renowned pro­fes­sion­als in the field.  He dis­cov­ers a grow­ing group of indi­vid­u­als who are con­cerned about our bio­med­ical psy­chi­atric approach, and are instead demand­ing alter­na­tive treat­ments that focus on recov­ery, nur­tur­ing social con­nec­tions and find­ing mean­ing.

Crazy­wise explores what can be learned from peo­ple around the world who have turned their psy­cho­log­i­cal crises into a pos­i­tive trans­for­ma­tive expe­ri­ence.


Released in 2017

82 min­utes

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