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The Inmates Are Running the Asylum Premiere

A documentry about radical mental health

by Sasha Mann

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum Premiere

Saturday, May 11
Carnegie Community Centre
401 Main St Vancouver (Coast Salish Territories)
Come out for the first public screening of The Inmates Are Running the Asylum, a documentary about the Mental Patients Association: Vancouver's most radical and successful mental health group. 
MPA was founded in 1971 as a reaction to the dehumanizing experience many faced when they came out of psychiatric institutions. 
Unabashedly political, they were an advocacy and protest organization as well as a support group. They reclaimed the words used as slurs against them. MPA's "mad pride" philosophy was unfathomable to the psychiatric mainstream. But their approach worked. 
Forty two years later, MPA's story is being told. The film consists of interviews, animation and original music.
There will be two back-to-back screenings, both free. 
The first screening is at 4:00 pm, with a panel discussion after. The second screening is at 6:00.
Hope to see you there!

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