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FMTV - Crazy Wise

Crazy Wise

Runtime: 82m 12s | Release date: 2017

What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience?

During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges often saw these cultures identify 'psychotic' symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential. He was intrigued by how differently psychosis is defined and treated in the West.

Through interviews with renowned mental health professionals including Gabor Mate, MD, Robert Whitaker, and Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Phil explores the growing severity of the mental health crisis in America dominated by biomedical psychiatry. He discovers a growing movement of professionals and psychiatric survivors who demand alternative treatments that focus on recovery, nurturing social connections, and finding meaning.

CRAZYWISE follows two young Americans diagnosed with "mental illness". Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation in hopes of recovery. Ekhaya, 32, survives childhood molestation and several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer gives her suffering meaning and brings a deeper purpose to her life.

CRAZYWISE doesn't aim to over-romanticize indigenous wisdom or completely condemn Western treatment. Not every indigenous person who has a crisis becomes a shaman. And many individuals benefit from Western medications.

However, indigenous peoples' acceptance of non-ordinary states of consciousness, along with rituals and metaphors that form deep connections to nature, to each other, and to ancestors, is something we can learn from.

CRAZYWISE adds a voice to the growing conversation that believes a psychological crisis can be an opportunity for growth and potentially transformational, not a disease with no cure.

Featuring:

Adam Gentry
Ekhaya Esima
Dr. Gabor Mate 
Robert Whitaker
Dr. Roshi Joan Halifax
Phil Borges

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krystal kouvaras | 1 month ago
Really enjoyed this film. Anyone who has been through a psychological crisis can look at this film and feel nothing but empowered.
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Ivory David | FMTV | 1 month ago
Thank you for watching Krystal, it's nice knowing this film sits well on you ~ Ivory :)
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Vanessa Di Sauro | 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Love the trailer! Will be watching this tonight. So many people can benefit from this.
Thank you for this gift
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 3 months, 2 weeks ago
It is our great pleasure to share this amazing documentary with the world, Vanessa! ❤ ~ Iris
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Petya Petrova | 4 months, 3 weeks ago
One of the best films ever, thank you for having the chance to see it.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the feedback, Petya :) ~ Pauline
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Silvia Keller | 4 months, 3 weeks ago
very touching film! thank you for the opportunity watching this incredible Documentary.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 4 months, 3 weeks ago
The pleasure is ours, Silvia! Glad to know you loved it :) ~ Iris
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Barbara Mayers | 11 months ago
What a great story. I'm an empath and so I felt the hurt they went through and kept hoping throughout the video that they will not only survive, but win absolutely, and realize their potential, and fulfill their gifts. I'm watching this in 2018 and this was done so many years ago when, I believe, society was not aware or awakened to our (humanity) deep spiritual gifts and the consequences for some who were fortunate enough to experience them at an early age, but were not spiritually aware enough to know, and to follow their purpose for incarnating here on this earth, to utilize their gifts to help others. So a sickly, medicated society punished them instead. Kind of like Jesus' experience in his lifetime, but he kept on teaching nevertheless. We now know better, and I hope for those who are upcoming humans that are born awakened, never give up and that they are able to find solace in a better society now that there are so many organizations that can help them to find their gifts and use them to heal human society at large, so that we all can wake up to who we truly are.
Thank you so much for this documentary, it is very, very encouraging.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 11 months ago
It is our pleasure to be able to share this life-changing film with everyone, Barbara and thanks so much as well for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts on this topic :) ~ Iris
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