Dialogues with Madwomen

Director: Allie Light

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


In Dialogues with Madwomen, documentary filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf, who won an Academy Award in 1991 for In the Shadow of the Stars, use unconventional techniques to explore the nature of human creativity and examine the powerful need that people have for attention and recognition. The film tells the story of seven women who have experienced the "dark Side of the imagination" multiple personality, manic depression, schizophrenia and euphoria, Using a combination of dramatic reenactments and historical and personal images, the filmmakers reveal a world of symbols specific to their creators and profound 10 those of us who begin to understand them The women tell stones of every type of abuse imaginable, but because they have come to terms With their pass.

In numerous ways, the tales range from humorous to terrifying. A whole new way of perceiving madness emerges Even the word itself takes on new meaning. since these women are as much angry as they are "mad" women, angry at those who have harmed them, and the mechanisms they have created to combat their anger are Intricate webs by which they define their lives. The film examines many lives and realities, taking us to worlds normally
off limits to the "sane." Still the images remain private and intimate—metaphors to help their creators understand. The filmmaking process itself becomes a metaphor, because the director includes herself as a recipient in this process of discovery and revelation.

Friday Jan 21 12:30 pm
Park City library Center

Sunday Jan 23 1:40 pm
Holiday Village Cinema III

Wednesday Jan 26 10:00 pm

Egyptian Theatre
Friday Jan 28 4:00 pm

Holiday Village Cinema I

— Catherine Schulman

Screening Details

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