JOHNSTON, IOWA (September 9, 2020) — Join Iowa PBS virtually on Tuesday, October 13, 7PM, for a Pop-Up Film Series event featuring the documentary Bedlam. This film includes interviews with experts, activists, and individuals living with a mental illness and their families, and explores the rise of mental-health issues on a national scale in the mid-to-late 20th century.
Psychiatrist and documentarian Kenneth Paul Rosenberg MD follows the lives of three patients who find themselves with a chronic lack of institutional support while weaving in his own story of how the system failed his late sister, Merle, and her battle with schizophrenia. Bedlam takes viewers inside Los Angeles County's overwhelmed and vastly under-resourced psych ER, a nearby jail warehousing thousands of psychiatric patients and the homes — and homeless encampments — of people affected by severe mental illness, where silence and shame often worsen the suffering.
Following the hour-long film, a panel of local experts will continue the conversation and discuss mental health in Iowa. For more information and to register for this free virtual event, visit iowapbs.org/events.
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