CTFF Virtual Festival 2023

Healing A Nation (Twoub Mantal)

Expired September 23, 2023 3:45 AM
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Healing A Nation ("Twoub Mantal") tells the painful story of Richard Saintal, a former social worker from the Cité Soleil a region of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who suffered what appeared to have been a traumatic psychotic break. Richard’s preventable death while in residential treatment at a psychiatric hospital in Haiti was an outrage. The documentary depicts the unfortunate and common narrative of the experiences of numerous individuals with mental disorders who seek help but often fail to receive the care that they need and deserve from the existing mental health system in Haiti. It also highlights the level of neglect, inadequate care, and potentially life-threatening conditions that many people with mental illness face daily in the country. The film aims to engage the community in a meaningful dialogue about the state of mental health care in Haiti--and the country’s ill-equipped mental health infrastructure- in order to prevent future tragedies, like the untimely death of Richard Saintal, from occurring again.

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    - Winner documentary Black Star International Festival (Ghana) - Winner Best Documentary Ciudad de Mexico International Film Festival - Best documentary Bergen county Film Festival ( New Jersey) - Winner best documentary Haiti International Film Festival (Los Angeles, California)