The line between sanity and craziness has never seemed so blurred.

Loucura Suburbana - Suburban Madness - is named after the carnival group of one of Brazil’s most innovative psychiatric institutions. Situated in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, the institution believes in unconventional treatments, replacing limited medical resources with music and dance therapy. Patients perform annually at the local carnival procession. The film documents the interaction between the patients and the local community during Rio’s carnival: Madness clashes with collective craziness. Suburban Madness’ aim is to create awareness and encourage acceptance. The documentary’s intention is to challenge people’s perception of ‘madness’ and to help understand the value of the individual.

Writter, Director, Producer: Philipp Figueroa
Executive Producer: Eva-Marie Elg
Co Producer: Carlos Fialho
Camera: Arne Zacher
Assistant Director: Isabelle Kossin
Editor: David 'Ziggy' Greene
Sound Recordist: Andre Castedo
Still Photography: Jim Skea
GFX: Maziar Hasheminiya
PR: Daniela Bergs, Flavia Zentil

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