Here One Day: Film and Discussion (Tues. May 12)

Filmmaker Kathy Leichter

Filmmaker Kathy Leichter screened her movie HERE ONE DAY and led a post-screening discussion.  Leichter's film deals with bi-polar disorder and suicide, based on the life of her mother.  The film won "Best Documentary and Jury Award" from the Scottish Mental Health Association Film Festival in 2014 and has been shown all over the U.S and Europe.  At UCI, the screening of HERE ONE DAY was sponsored by a broad campus coalition including the Department of History, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Program in Nursing at the UCI Medical School, UCI Medical Humanities, the UCI Counseling Center, and the Chancellor's Illuminations Initiative on Arts and Culture.  Approximately 180 people attended, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and mental health practitioners. Student Peer Educators from the Counseling Center ran a mental health resource table outside the venue. Two UCI faculty from the Medical School accompanied Kathy Leichter in the post-screening discussion:  Prof. Aaron Kheriaty (Psychiatry and Medical Ethics) and Prof. Camille Fitzpatrick (Nursing and Gerontology). The audience was visibly moved by the film and almost every person in the audience stayed for the discussion.  Faculty organizer: Heidi Tinsman, History.