be involved in the project. The film allows people with schizophrenia directly affected by housing issues to speak about their experiences in their own words. Film in DVD format is available for preview upon request.
Roundtable. The Legacy of Titicut Follies
Jerald Zaslove. English and Humanities, Simon Fraser University (Moderator)
Cherise Clarke. Visual and Performing Artist, Activist, Gallery Gachet
Zoë Druick. Communication, Simon Fraser University
Harry Karlinsky. Psychiatry, University of British Columbia; Frames of Mind Monthly Mental Health Film Series and Annual Festival
Endre Koritar. Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Western Branch Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, Vancouver, BC
Robert Menzies. Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
Frederick Wiseman. Filmmaker, Director
Released in 1967 and subsequently banned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Titicut Follies is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, and the various ways the inmates were treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists. As observed by film critic Richard Schickel, “Titicut Follies is a documentary film that tells you more than you could possibly want to know — but no more than you should know — about life behind the walls of one of those institutions where we file and forget the criminally insane. A society’s treatment of the least of its citizens – and surely these are the least of ours – is perhaps the best measure of its civilization. The repulsive reality revealed in Titicut Follies forces us to contemplate our capacity for callouseness.”
The participants in this roundtable discussion, including the creator and director of Titicut Follies, Frederick Wiseman, will reflect on the political, legal and cultural legacy of this landmark film, along with its impact on the international anti-psychiatry movement that emerged during the 1960s and continues in various forms today.