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Voices: Untold Stories Of Mental Illness

Promotional still from the film, "Voices: Untold Stories Of Mental Illness."
Courtesy of Gary Tsai, MD/Forgotten Films, LLC
Promotional still from the film, "Voices: Untold Stories Of Mental Illness."

Airs Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

“Voices” is an award-winning documentary that features the stark and intimate portraits of three very different individuals and their struggle with severe mental illness in America. The stories of Sharon, Thomas and Aaron illuminate the challenges, realities, and often complex emotions and choices that surround people with psychotic mental illness and those who love them. In turning the camera on these individuals and their families, the subtle power of "Voices" lies in the brutal honesty of families sharing their stories for the first time, unburdening themselves from the stigma of mental illness. As they search for answers they know they may never find, they expose the human back-story of the psychotic experience in a way never before captured on camera.

The film takes a fresh approach, as families steer the narrative over rocky and deeply personal terrain. Without expert commentators deployed to "make sense" of what often does not, "Voices" allows people to tell their own stories, unmediated by statistics or authorities that imply answers. With this nuanced style, the film provocatively highlights the disjointed and decompensated behaviors that can result from serious mental illness, and its impact on society and the loved ones in its orbit.

A production by Gary Tsai, MD/Forgotten Films, LLC. "Voices" documentary is on Facebook.

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