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Run Time: 93 minutes
It seems we often only hear about suicide after it has happened. But what about those who attempt it and survive? What becomes of them? These questions piqued the interest of director Lisa Klein, who explores the topic in her documentary THE S WORD. For Klein, suicide is a very personal subject as she had to face the suicides of her father and brother. Thankfully she’s set out to tell her story and the stories of others who struggle with emotional trauma. She also fights to smash the stigma attached to suicide, removing the guilt and shame that survivors often face. In the film, a variety of people talk about their experiences with depression and what led them to want to end it all. You may think a movie about suicide would be all doom and gloom—it’s not. THE S WORD is also full of humor and hope. It’s about finding silver linings and helping others to see that no matter how hard it gets, death is not the solution. —E.F.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 4:15 PM
Friday, April 06, 2018 at 1:45 PM
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition
Lisa Klein is a writer and filmmaker from Detroit, Michigan. She studied English and film at the University of Michigan, and later attended graduate school at the University of Southern California. Klein and her husband Doug Blush co-own MadPix, Inc., an independent production company in Los Angeles.
THE S WORD (2017)
Doug Blush, Julian Cautherley, Kurt Norton
Lisa Klein, Doug Blush
The Downing, Press, and Shemory Families present this film in loving memory of KARIN PRESS ISRAEL.