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Catalogue Number:  NFB541783
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Don Copeman, Lynne Beck Copeman, Joe MacDonald, Derek Mazur
Directors:  Trevor Grant
Producing Agencies:  Eleventh Hour Pictures Inc. ,National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Peoples, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Psychology, Safety, Science
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2007
Running Time:  51:21
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Percy Paul began his journey in a remote Dene community in northern Saskatchewan, a place where far too often alcohol and violence were close at hand. Despite these circumstances, he excelled in school and sports, eventually proving himself a world class distance runner and gold medallist.

Within a few short years, Percy found himself at Princeton, working alongside one of the world's leading authorities on string theory, black holes and quantum field theory. But all this changed when he turned 28. Percy became an alcoholic in an effort to cope with his extreme mood swings. After a failed suicide attempt, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Those afflicted with this life-long disorder suffer flights of mania followed by periods of clinical depression, where many try suicide and, tragically, all too many succeed.

Flight from Darkness focuses on the life of Percy Paul, from his dazzling rise and fall as a brilliant mathematician to his continuing struggle to prevail over his illness and realize his full potential.

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