JAPAN - USA | 2008 | Color | Documentary | 135 min 

DCP I JAPANESE I 24 fps I 16:9 I  Dolby 5.1


According to the World Health Organization, in 2002, 154 million people suffered from depression and 25 million from schizophrenia. More than 800,000 people die by suicide every year.


MENTAL is a feature-length documentary that observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, interwoven with patients, doctors, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers, in cinema-verité style. The film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental illness prevalent in Japanese society, and captures the candid lives of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, a sense of shame, apprehension, and fear of society. 







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- Berlinale Forum

- TIDF, Taiwan

- Cinema du Réel, France

- MoMA Doc Fortnight, USA

- BAFICI, Argentina

- It's All True Documentary FF, Brazil


- Pusan International Film Festival 2008

          Best Documentary Award 

- Dubai International Film Festival 2008

          Best Documentary Award 

- Miami International Film Festival 2009

          Special Jury Mention (For the courage of subject matter)

- Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009

          Outstanding Documentary Award

- Visions du Réel 2009

          Inter-religious Jury Prize