A Sister’s Call

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 –  7:30 pm
USA 2012. Directors: Rebecca Schaper, Kyle Tekiela

PREMIERE!  In 1977, Call Richmond, in his early twenties and only a
few months from college graduation, disappeared from the life of his
upper-middle-class Atlanta family. Over the next 20 years, only the
occasional phone call convinced the family that he was still alive. And
then, suddenly, Call reappeared — homeless, unkempt, and plagued by
paranoid schizophrenia. A Sister’s Call, filmed over the next 14 years, is the story of Call and of his younger sister Rebecca’s struggle to “bring him back to life.”

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – 7:30pm
Canada/Great Britain 2002. Director: David Cronenberg 
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave, John Neville
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Randall F. White.

David Cronenberg’s magnificent, bleak Spider stars Ralph Fiennes in a tour-de-force performance as Dennis Clegg, nicknamed “Spider” during childhood because of a fascination with arachnids. After thirty years in a facility for the mentally ill, he is released to an East End London halfway house, where he receives little care or attention …


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The Forgiveness (El perdón)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:30pm  – Vancouver Premiere!
Spain 2009. Director: Ventura Durall
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Roy O’Shaughnessy
ImageCleverly unravels the case of a 19-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who killed his father.

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When Medicine Got it Wrong

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:30 pm
USA 2009. Directors: Katie Cadigan, Laura Murray
Post-screening discussion with Joan Nazif and Susan Inman

Co-sponsored by the Family Advisory Committee, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.

When Medicine Got it WrongDirectors Katie Cadigan and Laura Murray’s hard-hitting documentary which provides historical context for our contemporary mental health care crisis.

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About Face: The Story of Gwendellin Bradshaw

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – 8:00 PM
** Please note this one-time only special start time of 8:00 PM **

USA 2009. Director: Mary Katzke
Post-screening discussion with Mary Katzke and Dr. Carolyn Steinberg
Co-sponsored by Richmond Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.

About FaceA woman sets off to find her estranged mother, beginning what is a five-year journey towards healing and acceptance in this heartrending documentary.


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Over My Dad’s Body

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 – 7:30pm
Israel 2007. Director: Taliya Finkel
Cosponsored by the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival Society

VANCOUVER PREMIERE  |  When filmmaker Taliya Finkel was young, she never knew for sure whether her Uncle Sterik was an impostor or a true member of the family. Her father claimed his real brother had been murdered in a Ukrainian prison — and that the KGB had stolen his identity and sent a substitute to Israel.

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The Doctor Who Hears Voices

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 – 7:30pm
Great Britain 2008. Director: Leo Regan
With: Ruth Wilson, Rufus May
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Sean Flynn

Film ImageVANCOUVER PREMIERE!  │  Offering a disturbing and thought-provoking look at how society deals with mental illness, The Doctor Who Hears Voices uses a mix of documentary and drama to tell the true story of Ruth, a young doctor-in-training suspended from her job after telling her employers she has been feeling depressed and suicidal.

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This Dust of Words

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – 7:30 PM
USA 2007. Director: Bill Rose
Post-screening discussion with Judy Graves and Bill Rose

A haunting, elegiac documentary to thwarted promise, This Dust of Words traces the life story of Elizabeth Wiltsee from a young writer of uncompromising talent to a lonely death at the age of 50, homeless and apparently beset by paranoid schizophrenia. With an IQ of 200, Elizabeth taught herself to read at the age of four and was translating classical Greek by the time she was ten.

‘Bag for a Bag’ Winter Clothing Drive – Feb 18 7:00pm
Receive a free bag of popcorn when you donate a bag of clothing.

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