Filmmaker, Margaret Byrne, finds herself on an unexpected multi-year journey when she meets three defendants in the Cook County Mental Health Court's probation program.
“This is one of the most moving testaments to human resilience that I’ve ever seen. The very existence of this film is an act of bravery.” -Barbara Goslawski, Frameline.
While investigating the treatment of detainees with mental illness in Chicago jails, filmmaker Margaret Byrne, finds herself on an unexpected multi-year journey when she meets Angela, Daniel, and Dimitar, defendants in the Cook County Mental Health Court’s probation program. Each of their stories explores the personal impact of living at the intersection of mental illness, poverty, and substance use, and the stigma and isolation that perpetuates these cycles through generations and communities. Their stories shed light on the disproportionate criminalization of people of color, the challenges of treating people in a system that’s designed to be punitive, and a need for preventative solutions in community mental health treatment.
This acclaimed documentary made its debut at Hot Docs 2021 this past April where director Margaret Byrne received an honorable mention In the Emerging International Filmmaker category.
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