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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Silence & Space Prod.
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2015
Available in French: No

DAN AND MARGOT is the intimate look into the life of a young modern woman struggling to take back the three years of her life that she lost to schizophrenia. With transparency and even humour, we will confront the notion of schizophrenia through a female character-driven portrayal that asks questions about the deep-seated stigmatization of mental illness within our culture and the way in which we all choose to cope with our past, present and future.
 
Not long ago Margot was haunted by the voices in her head. She was stalked, sexually harassed and tormented by a person who never really existed. For three years this went on, leading Margot into a deep depression until finally she was hospitalized and diagnosed.
 
Today, Margot is trying to gain back the years she lost during her episodes. She wants four things: to move out of her parent’s house, to meet others like herself, to find satisfying work and ultimately to discover love.
 
As she gets closer to achieving what she wants, she continues to grapple with her illness. Schizophrenia is a life-long condition and the chance of relapsing is ever-present. When we start to see signs of paranoia in Margot involving a new male figure, the line between reality and perception is blurred. We, as filmmakers, can’t help but get entangled in the fear of what lies ahead.
 
Margot gives a voice to the many relatable stories of mental illness as she demonstrates a person’s right to fail, living with one’s past traumas and hope, the key to human existence.

“If you know someone suffering from schizophrenia, the film is going to be an even bigger emotional roller coaster than for others. Hearing Margot explain her disease in her own words is frustrating, scary, and heartbreaking.”  - Toronto Film Scene
 
"Their portrait of Sosa-Sims’s 20-something long time friend, who discovers she has schizophrenia, is unsettling in that it reminds us how mercilessly pop culture has stigmatized this complex mental illness. Yet it’s also a hopeful and enlightening meditation on the potential to overcome it."  - The Victoria Times Colonist 
 
“The film should bring some light to schizophrenia and what it’s like to experience something like that and really humanize it for a lot of people who are unfamiliar,” says Sosa-Sims. “Schizophrenia is still really stigmatized. All the media coverage revolves around portraying people with schizophrenia who have committed .. violent and atrocious crimes, and I really wanted to tell a story about a normal, kind-hearted individual who has to deal with it.”
– Nexus Newspaper
 
"AWI had the opportunity to speak with Chloe Sosa-Sims, co-director and producer of DAN AND MARGOT, to get a behind-the-scenes understanding of her film, her friend, and her inspiration for filmmaking." – Art with Impact Exclusive
 
“How do we think of schizophrenia?  We often visualize the feral-looking guy ranting to himself outside the 7-11. But how about those who are just slipping into a schizophrenic break or those medicated – with the disorder under control?” – The Movie Gourmet  

NOTE: SOME LANGUAGE

Awards:
Official Selection - CINEQUEST Film Festival
 
Screened at:
The Other Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia)
The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival
Victoria Film Festival
Schizophrenia Awareness Day Film Festival
"Films Changing the World" Series
 


Links:
danandmargot.com
www.facebook.com/danandmargot
twitter.com/danandmargot
www.artwithimpact.org/artwithimpactblog/awi-exclusive-interview-chloe-sosa-sims-dan-and-margot






Related Documents:
Dan and Margot Educational Guide
Dan and Margot Directors Statement

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