Dialogues with Madwomen
- Dittrich, Lisa
- Date of entry: May-08-2006
- Last revised: Aug-17-2006
This documentary presents a pastiche of illness narratives, the stories of seven women (including the filmmaker and the associate producer) who have struggled with mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder, and multiple personality disorder. Intercut with the interviews are reenactments of key events in the women? lives; vivid depictions of sometimes frightening, sometimes exhilarating mental states experienced by the women; films and still photographs from the womens' childhoods, and archival film footage. In the process of exploring their illnesses and recoveries, the women discuss experiences that hurt them (rape, misdiagnoses, racism) as well as those that helped them heal (creativity, caring, therapists, and spirituality).
The film won the Freedom of Expression Award, Sundance Film Festival in 1994 and a National Emmy Award in 1995.
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