Mental illness is finally something that we are talking about. Long past due. For the past few years there has even been a film festival here in Montreal dedicated to the subject. The festival has undertaken the mantel of putting accurate and positive representations of mental illness on screens. Typically those will mental illnesses are shown as outcasts, isolated, unable to function, and/or dangerous. Not a very full or comprehensive picture. Awareness, removing the stigma and advocacy are the goals.
As such, the festival scans the globe for cutting edge films which have mental illness as a subject. Films that don’t involve the usual stereotypes. The subject will be looked at from many different angles. Screening the films is not where the festival stops. There are also discussion opportunities and gatherings where you can connect with others.
The spokesperson for this the 4th annual Au Contraire Film Festival a former-Montrealer who now resides in Toronto, comedian Christophe Davidson. As a person whose own father committed suicide and has himself suffered from mental illness in the past, Christophe is supremely qualified to talk about and represent the festival. On opening night, Wednesday, October 25, Christophe will give a talk, which is bound to be hilarious as well as poignant.
-Dates: October 25-28, 2016
-Venue: Maxwell Cummings Auditorium – Musée des Beaux Arts
-Ticket Purchase: www.acff.ca
-Ticket Prices: $ 10.00, $20.00, $100.00