State of Mind, a feature documentary film by award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Hopewell Chin’ono will be screened in cinemas in Harare and Bulawayo and all proceeds from the cinema screenings will go towards the Save Our Hospitals Zimbabwe.
State of Mind Synopsis
The dates and venues for the State of Mind screenings will be announce in due course.
State of Mind is a documentary film looking at mental illness disorders in Zimbabwe.
The central character in the film is Professor Dixon Chibanda who is Zimbabwes leading psychiatrist.
Dixon Chibanda set up the Friendship Bench program, which is a mental health intervention to assist Zimbabweans who live in poor neighborhoods deal with depression.
Ninety percent of Zimbabweans struggling with mental health conditions do not have access to medical facilities.
The film shows how mostly women who have been assisted on the Friendship Bench are put on a program called ZBags.
On ZBags they are taught how to weave bags that they sell to earn a living.
Most of these women would have suffered from depression due to the unbearable economic pressures in Zimbabwe and the domestic violence that ensues.
The film goes into Harare Psychiatric Hospital where it captures four vivid and powerful stories of Zimbabweans battling bipolar, schizophrenia, psychotic and depression disorders.
Prof Chibanda is treating all these patients except for one woman who gets better when he intervenes.
This woman goes on to die due to lithium toxicity and her funeral is captured in the film.
State of mind follows their treatment and captures them at home showing how they would have improved and what they end up doing with their lives.
Oliver Mtukudzi wrote the soundtrack of the film, he was one of Africa’s biggest artists and a Zimbabwean music legend.
State of mind was his last musical project before his unfortunate death from diabetes.
State of Mind has been nominated for awards in France at the Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes, in Britain at the Heart of England Film Festival, in the U.S. state of Texas at the The African Film Festival, in Trinidad and Tobago at the Trinidad and Tobago Africa Film Festival and in South Africa at the Africa Human Rights Film Festival.