1940, Patients at a mental hospital exhibiting behavior considered at the time as symptomatic of schizophrenia.
Mental health institutions exist to accommodate and treat sufferers of mental illness. In the absence of understanding and care, these institutions can become part of a system that removes and isolates the vulnerable and the troubled.
The blindfolds in the footage are to protect the anonymity of the patients.
The poem is ‘The Laughing Heart’, written by Charles Bukowski, read by Tom Waits.
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