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Candace Smith

"This is a very personal documentary, but it will offer insights to viewers who are facing family struggles with mental illness, grief, and aging."

Sarah Blanton, PT, DPT, NCS, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine

Emory University

"A profoundly moving exploration of how the wounds we carry in our life stories may surface as we encounter illness, You See Me provides a fiercely honest personal reflection of a family impacted by trauma and loss. Personally, we learn questions all families need to ask of themselves and professionally, we gain insights into the critical importance of the clinician to understand the person behind the disease and the family impact of a diagnosis. A vivid example of how humanities can illustrate the complex journey of disability, suffering and shared healing, this films serves as a valuable educational tool for rehabilitation professionals to understand the meaning of family-focused care."

Marientina Gotsis, Dir. Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center

USC School of Cinematic Arts & Keck School of Medicine

"You See Me is the quintessential portrait of an American family facing an acute health crisis and its long-term repercussions. Linda Brown’s father experiences a debilitating stroke, which becomes a magnifying lens for all the strong and weak points of their family unit. The film can launch many discussions about family, illness, end-of-life, a well-lived life, and the nature of grief and loss."

Michael Hernandez, M.D. Geriatric Psychiatrist and Director

White Memorial Medical Center

"You See Me deals with mental health topics so sensitive they are seldom talked about. I never thought a film could be so powerful in exposing such delicate subjects. A definite training video for families and health professionals that can help put an end to the stigma around mental health."

Rafael Angulo, Social Work Professor

USC School of Social Work

"An extraordinary film! To view the 'big, bold, and bossy' Stanley is to really see the broken and wounded Stanley. So many scenes captured my heart first as a man and then as a social worker. The film is perfect for psychoanalytic training institutes, outpatient mental health clinics, graduate programs of psychology, social work and psychiatry, men’s groups, and parent education programs."

Kansas State University

"Like Linda, many adults share a sustained interest in learning more about their mothers or fathers as individuals—beyond the censorship and camouflage oftentimes imposed but never removed in performance of their parental roles. You See Me has much to offer those who share a similar motive within their own lives. It has equal relevance as a unique video case study, revealing a dysfunctional family scenario containing sad and potentially tragic forces that prevent a full and open expression of love between parents and children."

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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.

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