Drunk on Too Much Life
Catalogue Number: PVP003
Producer: Parallel Vision Productions
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Documentary, Guidance, Health, Psychology, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2021
Running Time: 76:43
In a world where normal is crazy, this film uncovers how madness makes us more fully human.
The number of adults and children who struggle with their mental health has skyrocketed over the past thirty years in spite of the fact that the spending on pharmaceutical medications has increased 80 fold. Five out of six young adults do not have access to the mental health services they need. Clearly there is a problem here. This film tells a different story –one that embraces transformative and holistic mental health, autonomy and resilience. Drunk on Too Much Life (DOTML) is a poetic and intimate journey of resilience and discovery. It follows the filmmaker’s daughter Corrina from grey, institutional hallways of locked-down psych wards, countless medications, and diagnostic labels into expansive worlds of colour, music, poetry, community, connection and greater meaning. On their journey, the family learns that madness has meaning that goes far beyond brain chemistry. Recovery is not a straight path to being cured but a crooked and bumpy journey and series of small awakenings.
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