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“The Hidden Face of Suicide” documentary selected at Montreal World Film Festival
Screening dates announced for Montreal Festival presentation
By: Martine Tremblay
Directed and produced by Yehudit Silverman, the film explores the taboo subject of Suicide. Focused on the lives of suicide survivors, or those who must deal with the aftermath of someone who has taken their life, “The Hidden Face of Suicide” provides a voice for those whose lives are often shattered by the loss of a loved one.
“I was inspired to make this film because of the silence around suicide. When I was a teenager a number of my classmates committed suicide. One boy, a friend, shot himself, another boy, who drove me to school, hung himself . No one ever talked about it. And then when I was seventeen, I found out by accident that my uncle had committed suicide. I never knew. So again there was this silence, again no one would speak about it. I wanted to understand this silence and what was so terrifying or shameful about it that people couldn’t even say the word. People couldn’t even go there. So I think this film was really my journey in a way of going beneath the silence. ” says Ms Silverman.
“As a professor in creative therapy at Montreal’s Concordia University, Yehudit’s film makes use of masks and other dramatic art techniques -- by introducing creative expression to the experience of survivors, this allows people to deal with their pain in a whole new way” says Dan Shannon of ID Communications.
-Dr Gudzer, Director of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Canada.
The film has thus far been accepted in nearly half a dozen film festivals, including most recently the Montreal World Film Festival. Screenings will take place on at the NFB Theatre in downtown Montreal, Sept 2 at 7:30pm and Sept 4 at 9:30PM.
More information about the film and its director is available at www.hiddenfaceofsuicide.com
About the Director
Yehudit Silverman is a filmmaker, professor at Concordia University, and a registered creative arts therapist. You can read more about her, her films, her news, her therapeutic approach.
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ID Communications inc. is a Montreal-based boutique film, television and web marketing company specialized in the area of international sales representation and distribution for film, TV, DVD and web-based properties.