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USA | 2017 | 82 minutes | Phil Borges, Kevin Tomlinson

Western culture treats mental disorders primarily through biomedical psychiatry, but filmmakers Phil Borges and Kevin Tomlinson reveal a growing movement of professionals and survivors who are forging alternative treatments that focus on recovery and turning mental “illness” into a positive transformative experience.

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The diagnosis and treatment of mental-health issues are certainly a hot-button topic in the United States. Human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges has explored several indigenous tribes and Eastern cultures throughout his career and has concluded that Western experts may be going at it all wrong. Crazywise recounts the journeys of two young Americans: Adam, 27, who has suffered several psychotic breaks and adverse reactions to mood-stabilizing medications throughout his life, and Ekhaya, 32, who has struggled to overcome past trauma and deep depression since her childhood. To deal with his anger issues and medicinal side effects, Adam goes on a silent retreat, embracing meditation in the hope of recovery; while Ekhaya realizes that in order to heal she must confront her past, and decides to help others by becoming a traditional South African healer. Through several interviews with both Western mental-health professionals and psychologists as well as the family and friends of Adam and Ekhaya, this documentary explores their alternative, spiritual routes of healing, giving a fresh perspective to an age-old social issue in this modern world.

Director Biography

Directors Phil Borges and Kevin Tomlinson first worked together in 2010 on the set of the film Postcards From Heaven. Borges wrote with co-direction and cinematography by Tomlinson. The 2016 documentary Crazywise is their second project together.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Shoreline Community College, Encore City Arts, Seattle Weekly

  • Director: Phil Borges, Kevin Tomlinson
  • Principal Cast: Adam Gentry, Ekhaya Esima, Gabor Mate', Robert Whitaker, Alberto Villoldo
  • Premiere Status: World
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Producer: Julee Geier, Judy Kaplan, Debra Thompson Harvey, Sandy Jeglum
  • Screenplay: Phil Borges
  • Cinematographers: Phil Borges, Kevin Tomlinson
  • Editors: Jason Reid, Darren Lund
  • Music: Jason Staczek
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Borges: Postcards From Heaven (2010); Tomlinson: Back to the Garden; Flower Power Comes Full Circle (2009)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP