Cork Film Festival has made an announcement to mark World Mental Health Day.
Organisers have unveiled details of Illuminate, a unique film and mental health programme for the festival’s 64th edition this November 7th-17th, 2019.
The programme features film and discussion events, including a new feature, documentary, and a special screening of Atom Egoyan’s Oscar-nominated reflection on grief The Sweet Hereafter, to be introduced by Cork filmmaker Carmel Winters.
‘Daring to try and change things’
“Screenings will include System Crasher, Nora Fingscheidt’s striking debut feature that is a sensitive and moving portrait of a troubled, confrontational nine-year-old; and Ernie & Joe, a powerful vérité documentary following Texan police officers administering new approaches in dealing with people who suffer from mental illness.” said Cork Film Festival Programme Director Michael Hayden.
“These two award-winning films will be complemented with a special screening of The Sweet Hereafter, introduced by Cork’s own filmmaker Carmel Winters who directed Float Like A Butterfly, last year’s Audience Award winner. These three diverse films take on aspects of mental health unflinchingly, daring to try and change things.”
Presented in association with the HSE Cork Mental Health Service, First Fortnight and ESB Energy for Generations Fund, all screenings will be followed by discussions, with Ernie & Joe on November 11th in the Triskel including participation from An Garda Síochána and the HSE.
System Crasher, also in the Triskel, will feature a talk from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and EPIC (Empowering People in Care), offering their reactions to the film and discussing how it relates to their own professional experiences.
For full details and ticketing information, visit the website.