Mental
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    Mental

    Seishin

    Directed by

    Japan, USA

    2008

    135 min

    • Japanese

    Documentary

    MENTAL is a documentary that observes the complex world of a unique outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, interwoven with patients, Dr. Yamamoto, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers. The film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental illness and captures the candid lives of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, a sense of shame, apprehension, and fear of society.

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Kazuhiro Soda
    Cinematography
    Kazuhiro Soda
    Editing
    Kazuhiro Soda
    Sales
    ASIAN SHADOWS
    Production
    LABORATORY X, INC.
    SODA Kazuhiro

    SODA Kazuhiro

    Japan

    I have ten commandments, many people misinterpret it thinking that I am not a free filmmaker. I self-impose my rules and I'm kind of restricted, but actually, these restrictions are there to set me free.

    Kazuhiro SODA practices an observational method of documentary filmmaking based on his own 'Ten Commandments' which prohibits him from doing pre-shoot research or writing a synopsis before filming. He imposes these rules on himself in order to minimize preconceptions and to be able to make unexpected discoveries while filming and editing. His debut feature documentary CAMPAIGN (2007, Observational Film #1) was invited to many prestigious festivals such as Berlin IFF and was aired in nearly 200 countries and territories around the world. It won the Peabody Award in the U.S.

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