New film by Ishita Sanyal “Opens the Doors” on mental illness in India

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This report just in from 2008 International Class alumna Ishita Sanyal (second-from-right in photo above)Her new documentary film project, Open the Doorswhich she co-directed with Abhishek Ganguli, recently premiered at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Kolkata.  Special guests on hand for the premiere included American Consul General Helen La Fav; dance artist Alokananda Ray; and psychiatrists Rima Mukherji and Satyajit Mitra.

Ishita is a dynamic and unstoppable community organizer who founded the Kolkata-based grassroots mental health organization, Turning Point, 16 years ago in response to the devastating shortage of mental health services on a subcontinent with roughly 600 practicing clinical psychologists. She has been a passionate advocate for therapeutic community, and has continued to promote a social therapeutic approach to mental health.

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According to Ishita, this latest film project is part of a broader initiative to explore how creativity can combat mental illness.”  In October, the film will have its NYC debut at screenings at the United Nations and at the Performing the World conference.

 

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About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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