Crossroads invites the public to a free special screening of the documentary film CRAZYWISE

Directed by Phil Borges and Kevin Tomlinson
Q & A and discussion with Director Phil Borges and expert panel

Only 100 seats available! REGISTER
May 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
West Sacramento Community Center

Crazy…or wise?

The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about what is conventionally, in the West, perceived as a ‘mental health crisis’. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a symptom of a ‘broken brain’?

The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. When a young person experiences a frightening break from reality, Western experts usually label it a “first-episode psychosis” while many psychologists and indigenous cultures consider it to be a “spiritual awakening”. CRAZYWISE reveals alternative treatment approaches and a survivor-led movement challenging a mental health system in crisis.

Human-rights photographer Phil Borges witnessed how indigenous cultures around the world often identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential. Back in the US, Phil follows two young Americans diagnosed with “mental illness.” Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation. Ekhaya, 32, survives several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer. CRAZYWISE introduces mental health professionals and psychiatric survivors who see a psychological crisis as a potential growth experience, not a disease.

Join us for the screening and a lively discussion about the challenges facing us all as we ask:

Is it time to pay more attention to the psycho/social and spiritual underpinnings of mental health and bring a more balanced approach to mental health care?

What can indigenous cultures teach us about the role community support, peer mentorship and diagnosis has on mental health?

What can we learn from people who have successfully navigated a psychological crisis?

What steps can we take to improve mental health care?