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- A 1-hour documentary film
Directed by Sarah Mondale
Produced by Sarah B. Patton and Sarah Mondale

This classic, award-winning program brings to light the complex and controversial history of the mental institution in the U.S. through a detailed study of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Presented by WETA for a national PBS broadcast, the film debates the question of whether deinstitutionalization has proved an overall failure, leaving more patients homeless than are mainstreamed

into society, and if the time has come to reintroduce the asylum as a place of therapy ad benign confinement. Rare archival footage, interviews with former patients, and insights from mental health historians David Rothman of Columbia University, and Gerald Grob of Rutgers University, make this documentary not to be missed.

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