The S Word
Screening hosted by The Real Mental Health Initiative at Congregation Rodef Sholom
Introduction and Q&A with Director Lisa Klein.
From the creative team behind the award-winning OF TWO MINDS comes a new film that will tackle one of the most unfathomable and cloistered issues of our time... Suicide. A suicide attempt survivor, Dese'Rae, is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of courage, insight and humor. Along the way, she discovers a rising national movement transforming personal struggles into action.
Dese'Rae Stage (pictured above)
Suicide has affected DESE’RAE STAGE since she can remember. When she was very young, a family friend died by suicide. When she was a teenager, one of her friends died by suicide. When she was 23, she attempted suicide.
The years that followed included college, a move to New York and a growing love for photography – all through cycles of loneliness and depression. Then, she realized there were so many questions from her past that could potentially be addressed using her camera.
To find the answers, she sought out other suicide attempt survivors. Back then, attempt survivors were silent, anonymous, reduced to stereotypes and statistics. Dese’Rae wanted to show the world that suicide is not an affliction of the other—it affects people of all ages, races, faiths, ethnicities, gender presentations, sexual orientations, professions, and so much more.
She created a project called LiveThroughThis.org, which explores life on the other side of suicide through the stories of attempt survivors, in their own words, and the portraits Dese’Rae creates of them after they share those stories.
More About the Film
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE SCREENING
Contact JoAnne Forman at mhi(at)rodefsholom(dot)org