THURS OCT 13 I 9:00PM I STUDIO THEATRE
NARRATIVE I BRAZIL 2015 I 109 MINS. I PORTUGUESE (ENG SUBS)
NISE: THE HEART OF MADNESS
History is full of heroes we never see – and Brazil’s Nise da Silveira is one worth putting in the spotlight. Based on the story of da Silveira’s life, (Nise) follows this young crusading doctor through her attempts to reform psychiatric treatment in 1940s Brazil. Fresh out of prison after being charged with communism, da Silveira (played by famous telenovela actress, Gloria Pires) became one of the first doctors to introduce painting and pet therapy as an alternative form of treatment for schizophrenia. Influenced largely by Carl Jung, da Silveira held the unpopular belief that giving creative opportunities to people with mental health issues could bring out their best potential – and helped to produce some of Brazil’s best modern artists. An inspirational story full of strong performances, Nise is a powerful reminder to keep evolving the way we think about mental illness and ability.
Join us after the screening for a panel and Q&A with director Roberto Berliner and our nonprofit partners Workman Arts. Stay and we’ll unpack the film, Nise da Silveira’s incredible career and how Workman Arts is helping artists with mental illness today.
Plus visit the CONVERSATION ROOM after the film and learn how you can turn your passion into action. Stop in for coffee and snacks, discuss the issues, sign petitions, volunteer and become more knowledgeable about the things you care about.
Robert Berliner has directed two fiction films: Nise, The Heart of Madness – 2015 and Julio’s Gone – 2014; feature documentaries such as Ruckus at the Circus – 2015, Pindorama - 2009, Herbert Up Close – 2011 and Born to be Blind - 2003
Producer: Rodrigo Letier
Editor: Pedro Bronz and Leonardo Domingues
Writers: Patricia Andrade, Leonardo Rocha and Roberto Berliner
Cinematographer: André Horta
Principle Cast: Gloria Pires
Production Company: TV Zero