DON’T SWALLOW EVERYTHING
a film about crises and psychotropic
each person can get into psychological crises. yet, mental disorders are experienced with stigma and shame, kept secret and shamefully hidden. „don’t swallow everything” breaks this taboo. for the first time, those experiencing psychosis and their relatives, as well as doctor and caregivers, meet in front of the camera. they narrate their experience with psychotropic drugs. healing or grieving? blessing or curse? a tragic conflict left unresolved until now. the documentary is a many-voiced narration of the risks and side effects of psychotropic drugs.
psychotropic drugs represent a huge market and an enormous business. but what do we know about their effects beyond clinical reserach and the pharmaceutical industry? twenty four individuals experiencing psychosis, their relatives and doctors meet in a room specifically created for the film. they speak about what was kept quiet: the subjective experiences with psychotropic drugs, the interior life. „don’t swallow everything“ is the second trialogical project from jana kalms and peter stolz. the documentary „room 4070“ already exhibited life with psychosis and how fascinating the change of perspective can be. the film allows us to look deeply at human existence and shows us what people in crises really need. never before have people shared themselves in such a way.
authors: jana kalms, piet stolz
directors: jana kalms, piet stolz, sebastian winkels
camera: sebastian winkels
2nd camera: harald mellwig
sound: martin hertel, marcus jäger
editors: sebastian winkels, frederik bösing
production design: elena gosch, jule bünsche
costume design: kathleen asmuss-pückler
producers: susann schimk, jörg trentmann
documentary, 86 min, hd, colour
a production of credo:film gmbh and institut für fortbildung, forschung und entwicklung an der fh-potsdam e.v.
distribution company: credo:verleih gbr
awards: dok.fest münchen (2015): in german-language competition, award by untertitel-werkstatt münster 2015
© 2015 credo:film gmbh/ iffe e.v.