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Crazywise (includes video Q&A with producer Phil Borges)
About the Film:
Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a 'calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.
On August 19, 2017, the premiere of Crazywise explores the aspects of the marker of a potential teacher leader and healer in our community (i.e., mental health crisis, psychosis) and complexities of our community response.
During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges often saw these cultures identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential.
CRAZYWISE doesn’t aim to over-romanticize indigenous wisdom, or completely condemn Western treatment. Not enery indigenous person who has a crisis becomes a shaman. And many individuals benefit from Western medications.
What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience?
Borges will participate in a video Q&A session.