Picks of the week: Mental Health Week

Three compassionate, nuanced documentaries about the different facets of mental and emotional health are this week’s picks, in honour of Mental Health Week.

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This film follows director Petra Costa’s exploration of the life of her sister Elena, who committed suicide years prior. Half documentary, half dreamlike dramatization, this was a huge hit in Costa’s native Brazil and received critical acclaim throughout North America.

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Actress and model Mariel Hemingway explores her family’s history of mental illness (including that of her grandfather, Ernest). Though the subject matter can be raw and painful, the film is nevertheless full of Mariel’s trademark optimism and hope for a better future.

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Activist and motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez reflects on the bullying she faced and the resulting self-doubt and struggle she experienced in this uplifting doc. This film follows her quest to turn an anti-bullying bill into law and features touching encounters with supporters.

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