On Saturday at the East Village Cinema, it’s the 11th annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival. The event is organized by Community Access, a non-profit organization that offers housing and counseling services for people with mental health concerns. Here’s more from their press release:
On September 26, 2015, the 11th Annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival (#MHFF) will present six inspiring films about life with mental illness, including the U.S. premiere of the feature film No Letting Go, and the NYC premiere of the Voice Award-winning documentary Cracking Up. Filmmakers and cast members will be in attendance for an audience Q&A. As the oldest and largest mental health film festival in the United States, #MHFF takes a bold stand in fighting the stigma people with mental illness often face. The festival has screened more than 50 films, attracted over 5,000 audience members, and served as a positive voice promoting social justice and human rights for people with mental health concerns. Says Carla Rabinowitz, festival organizer at Community Access, “One in four people in the United States lives with mental illness, yet society continues to stigmatize mental health recipients as violent, weak or incapable, and in need of constant medication. This film festival shines a light on how mental health consumers and their families employ humor, courage, and their natural gifts to make positive contributions, earn respect, and counter preconceived ideas about mental
Click here for the full schedule of films.