Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – 7:30pm
USA 2012. Director: Kathy Leichter
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Driven by the need to understand her mother’s bipolar disorder and suicide, a daughter revisits the past in Kathy Leichter’s moving documentary.
Post-screening discussion with Dammy Damstrom Albach. Co-sponsored by SAFER (Suicide Attempt Follow-up Education and Research).
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 7:30pm
USA 2008. Director: Dana Perry Post-screening discussion with Judy Davies, Jude Paltzer
and Dr. Jana Davidson
Co-sponsored by Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA), The Josh Platzer Society, the Crisis Centre and the Child & Adolescent Response Team (CART), Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is, unquestionably, the death of their child — the very event experienced by Dana Perry in 2005 with the suicide of her 15-year-old son Evan. A documentary filmmaker by trade, Dana sought solace by creating a film to try to understand the mind of a boy who asked in his suicide note “only to be forgotten.”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – 7:30pm
Canada 2008. Director: Philippe Falardeau
Cast: Antoine L’Écuyer, Suzanne Clément, Daniel Brière, Catherine Faucher, Gabriel Maillé
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Myles Blank
This fresh, fast-paced seriocomic gem is set in the summer of 1968 in suburban Montreal, where 10-year-old hellion Léon (newcomer Antoine L’Écuyer) embarks on a spree of destructive and self-destructive behaviour as his parents’ marriage crumbles.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 – 7:30pm
France 1976. Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Shelley Winters, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Ann Fleet
Post-screening discussion with Ramon Kubicek
A macabre tale of insanity, claustrophobia and transposable identity starring the film’s masterful director Roman Polanski.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – 7:30 PM
Belgium/Netherlands 2007. Director: Nic Balthazar Cast: Greg Timmermans, Laura Verlinden, Marijke Pinoy, Pol Goossen, Titus De Voogdt, Maarten Claeyssens
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Vikram Dua and Ms Teresa Triggiano (Harris)
Co-sponsored by ACT – Autism Community Training Society and the Kelty Resource Centre.
Virtual reality, live-action vérité style and docudrama combine in this teen angst story of a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Wednesday, September 17 – 7:30pm
Canada 2008. Director: Yves-Christian Fournier
Post-screening discussion with Dammy Damstrom-Albach and Judy Davies.
Everything is most definitely not fine in this compelling feature debut from Quebecois director Yves-Christian Fournier. Sixteen-year-old Josh (Maxime Dumontier) wakes one morning to learn of the suicide of one of his best friends. Another young man is found dead, and then another – all victims of an apparent suicide pact that leaves four teens dead and Josh the only survivor of this group of five friends.
May 8-11, 2008
Presenting Sponsors: UBC Dept of Psychiatry, UBC Institute of Mental Health, Pacific Cinematheque
Media Sponsor: Channel M
Co—sponsors: Vancouver Coastal Health Authority; Mood Disorders Association of BC; Amnesty International Canada — Pacific Regional Office; Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC; Chinese Mental Health Program, Canadian Mental Health Association; Vancouver—Burnaby Branch and the UBC Dept of Psychiatry Cross—Cultural Psychiatry Program; S.U.C.C.E.S.S.; MOSAIC.
Wednesday, April 16 – 7:30pm
Canada 2007. Director: John Zaritsky
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Romayne Gallagher and director John Zaritsky.
The Dignitas organization in Zurich, Switzerland, is the only place in the world where citizens from any country can come to receive assistance in committing suicide. Asserting that the choice to end one’s life is a basic human right, Dignitas founder Ludwig Minelli has indirectly assisted in the suicides of more than 500 people from more than 40 countries.
Wednesday, October 17, 2008 – 7:30pm
USA 2006. Director: Eric Steele
Post-screening discussion with Terry Smith
Co-sponsored by the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia and SAFER (VCHA).
A 2003 New Yorker article entitled “Jumpers: The Fatal Grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge” declared San Francisco’s iconic monument the most favoured suicide destination in the world. Filmmaker Eric Steele cites the article as the inspiration for The Bridge, a documentary intended, he says, to “peer into the darkest corners of the human mind and challenge us to think and talk about suicide in profoundly different ways.”
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 – 7:30pm
USA 2005. Director: Susan Stern
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Michael Myers
Is it ever rational to choose death? Is it ever a good decision? For 77-year-old Bob Stern, there is little doubt. A successful businessman, husband, and father, an exemplar of the self-made generation that built post-war America, Bob believes that taking his own life in the face of serious, possibly terminal, illness is what an all-American hero should do.