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Bedlam is the first major documentary to explore the crisis in care of severely mentally-ill citizens. Set in Los Angeles, the film tracks wrenching individual stories of mentally-ill patients caught on an endless merry-go-round of ineffective care, exposing the anatomy of a broken healthcare mill.

What was once a system built around long-term asylum care has essentially become a crude horror show for thousands who are detained, medicated, and tossed onto the streets with no means of recovery. There, petty crime and drug addiction land many in prison, where they are detained and medicated again, creating a tragic loop. As one psychiatrist points out, this government-sanctioned loop is the actual definition of insanity. Add to that the fact that few psychiatrists are even willing to treat those most severely afflicted, and you’ve got an all-out crisis that’s also a major source of homelessness and incarceration.

With a mixture of pained intimacy and sweeping historical context, Bedlam shows how deep-seated shame, stigma, and decades-long political negligence have led to the single largest social catastrophe of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 84 min

COMPANY Upper East Films

WEBSITE http://www.bedlamfilm.com

EMAIL peter@willowpondfilms.com

PHONE (917) 209-1761


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Artist Bio

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg is a practicing psychiatrist and a Peabody Award–winning filmmaker who has over 30 years of experience making award-winning documentaries for HBO and PBS. He is the author of textbooks and popular books about psychiatry and mental health, and he is also a faculty member of both Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Rosenberg is also a family member of a person with serious mental illness.