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Includes On Exile, fragments in search of meaning, winner of Best Experimental Film at SMHAF 2019. Followed by a Q&A with On Exile director José Carlos Teixeira.

Two documentaries that experiment with cinematic form to tell personal stories. 

Whisper Rapture is a portrait of punk-influenced cellist Bonfire Madigan Shive, whose experiences with mental illness and voice hearing animate her music. A film by Ken Paul Rosenthal, who won Best First Person Narrative at SMHAFF 2011 with Crooked Beauty.

In On Exile, fragments in search of meaning, ten people share their experiences of depression, then choose music to represent their cathartic journey.

Screening Programme

Whisper Rapture, Ken Paul Rosenthal, USA, 36m

On Exile, José Carlos Teixeira, USA, 47m

Flourish House

23–25 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6DR
Sun 5th May
4:15PM - 6PM



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