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Creativity unlocked by mental illness can save patients’ lives

Creativity and mental distress often go hand in hand. Vrubel, Rothko, Van Gogh, Edvard Munch and many other world-renowned artists suffered a mental illness that has strongly influenced their art. They often pose challenges and let them tap into hidden wells of emotions in their works.

The film by RTD’s Oleg Nekishev is about a group of painters and musicians struggling with mental health issues, ranging from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia. They have discovered the healing power of art, which sometimes is as effective as medication. Supported by Outsiderville, a charity that helps institutionalised persons and outpatients, they try to regain their emotional balance and get recognised for their unconventional work.