Hats off the the Cork Film Festival
In its 60th year, the Cork Film Festival runs from Nov 6th to Nov 15th.
The organisers have not forgotten mental health. In fact, the festival explicitly recognises the importance of mental health under the category “Illuminate”, which also features as a main tab on the festival’s website.
Three films feature in the Illuminate section of the Cork Film Festival this year. Emotional and mental issues and the dilemmas and challenges involved feature as important themes in each film. These will be screened towards the end of the festival, on the 12th, 13th, 14th Nov.
Each screening will be followed by a discussion involving a panel and the audience on mental health including aspects that surfaced within the film. I will be on the panel for the 3rd film, (“Hedi Schneider is Stuck”, Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin St., Cork, 1.30 pm, Saturday). I understand that West Cork psychiatrist Pat Bracken is on the panel for one of the Illuminate films. Full details of the Illuminate screenings at http://www.corkfilmfest.org/illuminate/ Full festival catalogue at http://www.corkfilmfest.org/2015/
Great to see mental health respected and involved in this manner at the Cork Film Festival. I would encourage people to vote with their feet and support such initiatives.
The more such initiatives are actively supported, the stronger the winds of progress and change in mental health become.