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YOU SEE ME
Forgiveness is relative.
Family Studies • Gender Studies • Social Work • Men's Studies • Trauma • Psychology • Health
2017. Director Linda J. Brown. Associate Producer Rebecca Louisell.
72 Minutes. Includes Captions.
Filmmaker Linda Brown’s father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Brown decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past. Drawing on home movies, family photos and interviews, she reveals secrets, uncovers lies, and explores family dynamics, gender roles and the legacy of abuse. What begins as an intimate, autobiographical story about caregiving, loss and grief evolves into a universal look at the impact of trauma, the tragedy of mental illness and the meaning of family. Throughout the film Brown raises questions like: Why is it important to make sense of one’s parents? What is to be gained from understanding them, especially in late life? How do we lay to rest a family member who has repeatedly hurt others and caused pain? Her search for answers helps viewers appreciate the danger of taking unresolved grief to our graves, and the consequences of neglecting to confront and treat deep rooted emotional pain. YOU SEE ME is a brave film that documents the essence of the human condition and seeks to face the past with courage in order to change the future.