The Fields of Kindness

Caroline cooks for us on the Soul Biographies RETREATS in England. No shadow of doubt, it is artistry. And in June, as time stood itself still, she walked towards the camera as if beckoned by something more powerful than the need to be seen.

What happened next was as naked as naked can be. A courageous and utterly beautiful articulation of the sheer weight and terror of depression. And of a place arrived at. A place that had always been there.

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Through My Eyes

A FILM BY NIC ASKEW. MORE FILMS AT NICASKEW.COM The ability to see through the eyes of another holds the key to empathy. See in its most expansive of definitions. And empathy exists as a quality that might transform the complexion of everything.

Clive’s haunting articulation of a world experienced through the lens of paranoid schizophrenia has led me to understand in a way beyond usual description.

This is part of a Six Film Portrait Series on Schizophrenia made possible by Otsuka and Lundbeck.

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Beyond the Dark

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This Human Portrait in Film is rich beyond gold. A film of hope and light from a seemingly dark and endless place.

It starts as follows;

‘It is like a miracle. I’ve got a son back that I thought I’d lost. We’re probably closer now than we’ve ever been but it did start in a difficult place.’

This film is part of the Schizophrenia Series. Janet’s experience might offer tremendous hope to those in the dark place created by such a rabid condition.

Of course, it can be seen as metaphorical and therefore  might offer a shard of light to anyone in a seemingly dark and unfathomable place.

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A Life Beyond

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Throughout the world, families’ lives are changed immeasurably as a consequence of dementia. But as with all aspects of our seemingly complex lives, things are not what they seem.

It has always been possible to see the very same circumstance through the depth of a wiser gaze. Lives are transformed through such a gaze.

My hope is that Olga’s experience will change the very sight you place on your own circumstance. And in doing so, change that very circumstance.

Remember this film is metaphorical for whatever it is you are facing.

With thanks to the staff at Nursing Home Sanitas Residencial Puerta de Hierro, Madrid for their kind help during the shooting of this film. And for the way they model compassionate care.

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Side by Side

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Birgitte was concerned about her ability to express herself fully in the English language. Ironically she might well have articulated the very experience of compassionate care.

In the complex landscape of Schizophrenia, I imagine such care should not be absent. Care that is unconditional. Care that is full of hope and of possibility.

This film portrait is part of a Series on Schizophrenia made possible by Otsuka and Lundbeck.

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