SHRC is proud to co-present “Juanicas” and “Scrapbook” at Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival on Sunday November 8, at 8pm in Workman Theatre.
JUANICAS: Director Karina Garcia Casanova.
On the day that her brother Juan returns to his family home in Montréal from a trip to Mexico, Karina Garcia Casanova begins filming. But this is no incidental home movie. Like his mother, Juan has a history of mental illness that has occasionally tilted into violence. The real-life drama that unfolds turns out to be a singularly heartbreaking and riveting account of living with bipolar disorder as a family disease. Complicating matters further is Casanova’s own unsettled history as Spanishspeaking child who grew up with a difficult single mother in Montréal and whose own identity has been inextricably defined by circumstances she could do nothing about. Juanicas, Casanova’s extraordinary first film, is at once an unflinching testament to that legacy and a moving document of surviving it. Juanicas will be screening with Scrapbook (2015), a short film by Mike Hoolboom. Following the screening, there will a Q&A session and discussion. Filmmaker Karina Garcia Casanova will be in attendance.
Juanicas will be screening with Scrapbook, a short film by Mike Hoolboom. Following the screening, there will a Q&A session and discussion. Filmmaker Karina Garcia Casanova will be in attendance.
The Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival investigates the facts and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction as presented by both Canadian and international filmmakers, as well as by visual and media-based artists.
The festival provides filmmakers and artists with opportunities to exhibit work that may not otherwise be seen; facilitates discussion between artists and audiences on these cinematic and media representations; and increases awareness of, and advocacy for, mental health and addiction issues among the broader public.
Mental illness and addiction are fundamental parts of our human experience, and yet they have always been difficult to present and discuss in the public arena. Fear and stigma routinely make accurate representations and presentations next to impossible.
Rendezvous with Madness explores these cinematic representations and hosts panel discussions after each screening. The films are the art, the discussion gives them perspective.