Crazywise Community Screening Discussion Evening with Director Phil Borges
7:30pm - 10:30pm
'Mental health' crisis, or potential growth experience?
Photojournalist, human rights commentator & film maker PHIL BORGES, director of 2017 documentary CRAZYWISE, comes to Bath Spa University on Thursday 15th March for a Community Screening of the film, Director's Q & A Session, an optional extended informal discussion/networking opportunity and more original songs performed by The Sad Eyed Samuri.
The event in CMG.23/24 (to the left as you enter the main Commons Building) is aimed at bringing together students of all ages and walks of life who are interested in interpersonal issues; in what we think we're doing here on earth and how our cultures tend to dictate how we behave and think.
We welcome personnel from both of our local universities and our colleges and schools; educators in general; those who work in health and wellbeing-related sectors; people who are struggling in life currently; activists, and the wider community, to a lively discussion about the challenges facing us all as so many of us struggle to find a role in this performance-and-'success'-focussed culture (and, indeed, about the challenges facing the global population, in these troubled times, concerning issues of emotional distress/altered states of mind which are likely, at some point in our lives, to affect us all).
The evening should also be of relevance to people interested in the more technical issues involved in photography and filmmaking, and we hope it will appeal to Bath Spa Film Society members.
Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about what is conventionally, in the West, perceived as a 'mental health crisis'. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a symptom of 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.
Everyone attending will have an opportunity to contribute to the discourse in the open forums, and we aim to make the arena a safe space for the relaxed, authentic and respectful exploration and exchange of ideas. There will also be people available for support if the film and/or discussion should become distressing for anyone, as it sometimes can be when a vision of how things could and might be is starkly contrasted with the way things have been and seem to be continuing to be ...
PLEASE NOTE: PARKING AT THE UNIVERSITY IS FREE AFTER SIX O'CLOCK, AND THERE IS A VERY GOOD, REGULAR BUS SERVICE FROM BATH CITY CENTRE.
Read an overview of the film by Nicky Hayward, which includes a three minute trailer, here:
Our £5 charge is to cover the costs of room rental, the film screening fee and Director's costs. If we can make our money back, this will be the just the first of a series of amazing events in Bath.
*** However, we have an allocation of discretionary free places available for people whose life circumstances have affected their income and who could not otherwise afford to join us - this includes students who are struggling financially. If you are in this situation and would really like to come, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org & I'll try and sort something out. Thanks ;-D
WE ADVISE ADVANCE BOOKING IN ORDER TO ENSURE THERE WILL BE A SEAT FOR YOU/YOUR PARTY ON THE EVENING.
There is an opportunity to meet informally and chat before the programme begins from 5 pm in the STARBUCKS in the central COMMONS building, just by our event room. It is open until 7:30 on Thursdays, so that's also handy in case you need to grab a bite to eat, coffee, etc., before the event.
7:30 Prompt Start
Introductions, including tributes to our late, brilliant Commissioner, Andrea Morland, who was responsible for initiating the progressive changes in local statutory services in B&NES and sadly left us last spring
Musical Interlude: The Sad Eyed Samurai, sings Placebo's: 'Meds'
8:00 - 9:20 Screening of Crazywise
9:20 - 9:30 Comfort break
9:30 - 10:30 Question and Answer Session (roving microphone) with Director, Phil Borges
**OPTIONAL EXTENDED DISCUSSION / NETWORKING TIME & more music from The Sad Eyed Samuri **
The formal part of the programme ends there, but anyone who doesn't need to be up early is welcome to stay and enjoy a longer, informal performance by The Sad Eyed Samuri and/or to continue discussions informally and get (more) connected into like-minded/spirited networks
The focus of the evening will be on human-to-human approaches to existential and spiritual crisis and on connecting/furnishing one other with reading matter, resources, initiatives and organisations which address the pain of the soul and endeavour to create safe places for those struggling - in the spirit of "There, but for the grace of God, go I .."
We will be featuring the message of the ONLY US CAMPAIGN pay-it- forward Social Movement (see below) and giving out Smiley Teary badges at this event:
SPECIAL GUEST Phil Borges CRAZYWISE Film Producer
For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books, which have been published in four languages, include Tibetan Portrait; Enduring Spirit; Women Empowered and Tibet: Culture on the Edge.
Phil’s Documentary, CRAZYWISE reveals a paradigm shift that’s changing the way Western culture defines and treats “mental illness”. The film highlights a survivor-led movement demanding more choices from a mental health care system in crisis.
Phil has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels. An experienced lecturer, Phil regularly presents at universities, teaches workshops, and has given several TED talks; including TED in 2007, and TEDxUMKC in 2013.
Nicky Hayward is an independent activist, enthusiast, blogger & speaker, encourager & connector of people
B&NES Community MH & Wellbeing Services
Bath Spa University Equalities Department
~ Seeking a way forward somewhere between
modern 'progress' and traditional wisdom ...