Film-maker, writer and lecturer Mark Aitkin presents his moving documentary DEAD WHEN I GOT HERE, followed by a talk about his unique film-making process.
Compassion and redemption are discovered by a man as he manages a mental asylum run by its own patients in Juárez, Mexico. The seeds of hope profoundly brought to life by his daughter in L.A who thought him dead.
“A masterpiece, epic and intimate. The faces in this film are like a thousand Caravaggios – they are us and we are them.”
Ed Vulliamy, THE OBSERVER
“…as beautiful as anything you will find in Bresson or Tarkovsky,
it is one of the finest examples of documentary filmmaking I’ve
Scott Graham, SCOTTISH MENTAL HEALTH FILM FESTIVAL
“Gripping and tender.”
“The film takes people to a place they did not know and did not
expect to visit, the humanity of the insane.”
Charles Bowden, WRITER