"Guilty Except for Insanity" Theatrical Premiere
Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 4:30pm to Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 7:00pm
"Guilty Except for Insanity" Theatrical Premiere

Theatrical Premiere: Guilty Except for Insanity

Because of the strong turn-out and continued community interest, Cinema 21 is extending the screening of Guilty Except for Insanity into November.

Director Jan Haaken, a PSU professor of psychology, goes behind the walls of the Oregon State Hospital, the location of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and recounts the stories of real patients who enter this famous hospital for the criminally insane. As patients and staff try to make sense of each juncture in the road, from getting arrested and surviving the wards to reentering the community, their stories reveal the craziness of an American system where you have to commit a crime to get psychiatric help. The documentary probes this maddening world through the eyes of those locked inside the system and uncovers deeper psychological truths about the human need for care and connection, as well as for freedom. (85 minutes)

Produced by Jan Haaken and Portland State University in association with Herzog and Company.

WHEN:  November 20-22, 2011 

Sunday, 4:30 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Cinema 21, 616 Northwest 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon.  (503) 223-4515

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