Mind Matters: Pictures of Mental Health

Mind Matters: Pictures of Mental Health

This collection, which features both fiction and non-fiction films, explores issues relating to mental health. Some of the films address these issues overtly, some more subtly. What the they do all have in common, however, is that they each offer a compassionate, empathetic perspective on those coping with mental health conditions both directly and indirectly. Exploring a wide range of issues including addiction, self harm, depression, dementia and anxiety, the collection looks mental health in all its complexity and diversity. These film offer insights into the lives of people for whom dealing with mental health problems is a day-to-day challenge.

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Mind Matters: Pictures of Mental Health
  • Sashinka

    Seattle International Film Festival
    Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal
    Whistler Film Festival

    When young, up-and-coming, musician Sasha receives a surprise visit from her mother just as she's about to perform one of the biggest shows of her career, she is forced confront a past she's worked ...

  • Like A House On Fire

    When Dara returns home to reconnect with the husband and young daughter she left behind two years earlier, she discovers that a woman who is seven months pregnant has taken her place and that her daughter no longer recognizes her. Featuring a remarkable performance from Sarah Sutherland in the le...

  • A Tale of Love, Madness, and Death

    Nashville Film Festival Winner
    Chicago International Film Festival Winner
    Camerimage Winner

    My uncle is schizophrenic and my grandmother suffers from a terminal illness. My grandfather, who is unable to take care of both, must decide between his wife or his son.

  • Imaculat

    "a compelling story about lost innocence" Cineuropa

    Venice Film Festival
    Stockholm International Film Festival
    São Paulo International Film Festival

    Directors Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark powerful, gripping drama centres on Daria (Ana Dumitraşcu), a young woman entering rehab having ...

  • Easy Lessons

    Locarno Film Festival
    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
    Camerimage International Film Festival

    Dorottya Zurbó's insightful documentary explores the life of Kafia, a 17-year-old who fled to Hungary on her own, escaping from a child marriage in Somalia, at the age of fifteen. Sh...

  • Martin's Hagge

    Martin is burdened with the relentless, wily personification of his anxiety and depression: a character named Hagge. After a freewheeling colleague encroaches on Martin's workspace, he comes to discover that his apathy is a choice. Serious subject matter is explored with humour and whimsy in this...

  • I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die

    "Eva Marie Rødbro's arresting feature debut probes the inner and outer struggles of three generations of women in suburban Colorado Springs." Variety

    International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
    Cork International Film Festival
    Göteborg Film Festival

    A raw and emotionally impactful story of a y...

  • Tidal

    Vancouver International Film Festival

    This distinctive short film from directors Chloe Van Landschoot and Niamh Wilson examines the relentless nature of healthcare work, the exhaustion that the job can elicit and the toll it takes on body and mind. Utilising movement, rhythm, and dance, Tidal is...

  • Luk'Luk'I

    Toronto International Film Festival
    Edinburgh Internatonal Film Festival
    Vancouver International Film Festival

    Wayne Wapeemukwa's powerful portrait of five Vancouverites during the 2010 Winter Olympics utilizes doc/fiction hybrid techniques to give voice to those living on the margins of Canadi...

  • Borealis

    "Full of rich comic moments and euphoric revelations." Toronto Star

    Vancouver International Film Festival Winner
    Brooklyn Film Festival
    Canadian Film Festival

    An unemployed gambling addict drags his pot-smoking teenage daughter on a road trip to Churchill, Manitoba, in hopes of showing her the ...

  • Själö: Island of Souls

    For centuries, a closed institution served as a final destination for socially transgressive women at Själö, an isolated island in the Baltic Sea. The outcast women were kept there in detention, to be observed, studied and measured – in much the same way as the surrounding nature is by scientists...

  • Ivana The Terrible

    "Family is family across the world, and the fights and familial bonds are all the same. Ivana The Terrible is an incredible relatable film." Film Threat

    Locarno Film Festival
    Thessaloniki International Film Festival
    Göteborg Film Festival

    A deeply personal film from director Ivana Mladenovic, I...

  • Searching Eva

    Berlin International Film Festival
    Hot Docs Film Festival
    Sheffield Docfest

    "I dedicate my life to showing the world that one can pretend to be whoever they want.“ Eva. A 25-year-old drifter, Berliner, pet-owner, poet, lesbian, sex worker, virgo, housewife, addict, feminist and model, Eva declar...

  • Microhabitat

    Busan International Film Festival
    Göteborg Film Festival
    Los Angeles Film Festival

    Miso (Esom) is a young woman struggling to get by as a housekeeper in Seoul, earning barely enough to cover rent and her two indulgences - whiskey and cigarettes. When she finds herself having to choose between re...

  • Elena

    "a mesmerizing, artful and emotional piece of filmmaking that consistently surprises and awes in its sensitivity." The Playlist

    SXSW Film Festival
    Hot Docs International Film Festival
    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

    Dreamlike, lyrical and haunting, Petra Costa’s deeply personal film document...

  • Luba

    A working-class single mother tries to turn life around for her son, only to be thrust into a fight for survival when her addict ex-husband relapses and spirals out of control.

  • Torrey Pines

    BFI Flare
    Cucalorus Film Festival
    Framline Film Festival

    Based on a true story, Torrey Pines is an inventive, wonderfully imaginative coming-of-age tale taking place in Southern California in the early 1990's. The animated film focusses on the filmmaker Clyde Petersen's childhood over the course...

  • Down to the Dirt

    Toronto International Film Festival
    Winner Atlantic Film Festival
    Vancouver International Film Festival

    Joel Thomas Hyne's acclaimed novel about a Newfoundland drug addict's attempts to make sense of his own warped existence serves as the foundation for this poetic yet visceral addiction drama t...