Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 7:30pm
USA 2008. Director: Dana Perry
Every parent’s worst nightmare is, unquestionably, the death of their child — the very event experienced by Dana Perry in 2005 with the suicide of her 15-year-old son Evan. A documentary filmmaker by trade, Dana sought solace by creating a film to try to understand the mind of a boy who asked in his suicide note “only to be forgotten.” In this, her “Mother’s Lament,” Dana takes us back through 15 years of home movies and photographs to paint a portrait of a child who was different — and even obsessed with death — from a very early age; the “darkest of souls,” she calls him. Home movies of Evan at seven show him demonstrating how he might hang himself from his bunk bed. His first suicide attempt, at age 11, landed him in a treatment facility, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — an echo of another family tragedy, the suicide of an uncle, years earlier. For Evan, medication and therapy seemed to be helping; as he moved into adolescence, things seem to be going well for the first time in years. The blow, when it comes, is devastating. “Mournful, pained and beautifully put together” (John Anderson, Variety). “Deeply absorbing . . . Boy Interrupted is hard to reckon with, but even harder to shake off” (Scott Foundas, LA Weekly). Colour, 92 mins.
Post-screening discussion with Judy Davies, Jude Paltzer and Dr. Jana Davidson.
Ms. Davies is a Child & Youth Suicide Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health and has been working in the realm of crisis and suicide intervention for more than 15 years. With a passion for suicide intervention and the belief that is possible to help keep people alive, she provides suicide consultation and education to community agencies within Vancouver; and numerous First Nation communities.
Ms. Platzer, a “survivor” of her son’s untimely death, is the executive director and founder of The Josh Platzer Society, a non- profit organization whose mission is to educate British Columbia youth and those around them about prevention and awareness of suicide.
Jana Davidson, MD, FRCP(C) is a child psychiatrist actively involved in clinical care, education and research. Dr Davidson is a Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry, UBC; Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Programs at BC Children’s Hospital and Program Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dept of Psychiatry, UBC.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Co-sponsored by Mood Disorders Association of BC (MDA), The Josh Platzer Society, the Crisis Centre and the Child & Adolescent Response Team (CART), Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.