For The Birds
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Richard Miron’s raw, absorbing vérité documentary follows Kathy, who lives in Wawarsing, New York with her husband Gary and 200 pet chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Her situation inevitably brings attention from local animal advocacy groups, who have concerns about the welfare of the birds. Yet what starts as a depiction of a woman battling with authorities develops into a more complex and compassionate portrait of how her obsessive connection with these birds puts everything else in her life at risk, as the situation takes its toll on her marriage, as well as her physical and mental health.
The film will be followed by a post-screening discussion, which will consider the importance of community in mental health and well-being.
James O Flynn – Participant, An Open Door
Johnny Goodwin – Programme Lead for Undergraduate Mental Health Nursing, UCC
Declan McCarthy – Assistant Director of Nursing, Adult Mental Health Services | Cork Kerry Community Healthcare
Kevin O’Shanahan – Clinical Nurse Specialist
Aoise Tutty – Director, An Open Door
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Official Selection, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2018
An Open Door
This film centres on Skibbereen’s pioneering Adult Mental Health service, 49 North Street which is an initiative of Cork Mental Health Services and the H.S.E. 49 North Street is a developing service which uses models of co-production and collaboration as its foundation. Reflecting on darker times the participants of ‘An Open Door’ discuss the importance of a service such as this. By providing a space which welcomes creative expression, and allows ideas and community to flourish, this film poses the question: ‘How can we continue to bridge the gap between the stigma often associated with ‘Mental Health’ and a more universally identifiable journey of ‘wellbeing’ ? We invite you to join the conversation.
This film was funded by Cork and Kerry Community Healthcare Mental Health Services.