Drawing From Life is a "short documentary [that] follows a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide more than once. A hybrid of vérité and animation, the film is a candid portrayal of 12 people who together, for 20 weeks, take on their fears, their behaviours and their ghosts to move towards life and away from suicide" (www.nfb.ca). These individuals let us in on the most intimate and emotionally charged exchanges with each other, exposing us to tragic stories of self-destruction and allowing us to get a glimpse of the deep pain and sadness rooted in each of them that leads to the questioning of life. Drawing From Life however, is also an uplifting documentary as we see how powerful talking can be, how important connections and support actually are, and most especially over the course of the film we see how hope can grow and how meaning and light can be found in life.
Supporting and enhancing students' and health professionals' knowledge and understanding of mental health and psychiatry