Sunday documentary film screening will be combined with our discussion series ‘Activist at Work’:
Klit’s guest this week is Anne.
Anne will talk about her activist group from Berlin which is dealing with critique of the psychiatric system, critique of diagnosis of mental illness and how to develop care and accountability in our communities through radical peer support.
After the discussion we will show the documentary film by Pat Deegan, The politics of Memory, 2004.
In short: The film challenges conventional accounts of the history of mental health services. That story often ignores the experience, voice and perspective of people receiving psychiatric services.
More about the film:
The Politics of Memory was created for consumers/survivors who are, or who would like to be, leaders in the movement for justice for people with psychiatric disabilities. To be an effective leader, one must know our history in mental health systems. History is a story, but who gets to tell the story and who is silenced? This is the “politics of memory”. Pat photographed, researched, wrote and narrated this film. It is a rich visual journey, using hundreds of images and an original sound score. The Politics of Memory challenges conventional accounts of the history of mental health services because that story often ignores the experience, voice and perspective of people receiving services. A closer look reveals that the voice of people diagnosed with mental illness has been tenacious and enduring. This film raises up and celebrates that voice. From first person accounts dating back to 1436, to messages written on the back of old asylum postcards; from initials carved on the walls of seclusion rooms, to pleas for help embroidered onto state hospital sheets; from self-published first-person accounts of asylum injustice, to organized protest — Pat invites all consumers/survivors/ex-patients to discover, recover and celebrate our collective heritage.
We will meet at 16.00 in KLIT, and share some vegan food while we enjoy Anne’s company.