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Pusan International Film Festival
- Best Documentary Award (PIFF Mecenat Award)

Dubai International Film Festival
- Best Documentary Award (Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary Award)

Miami International Film Festival
- Special Jury Mention (For the courage of subject matter)

Hong Kong International Film Festival
- Outstanding Documentary Award

Visions du Reel
- Inter-religious Jury Prize

Official Selection:

Berlin International Film Festival (Forum)
Documentary Fortnight (MoMA)
Cinema du Reel
Visions du Reel
Nippon Connection
Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival
It's All True Documentary Film Festival (Brazil)
Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival
Jogjakarta Indonesia Documentary Film Festival


MENTAL is a feature-length documentary that observes the complex 
world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, interwoven with 
patients, doctors, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers, in cinema-
verite style. The film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental 
illness prevalent in Japanese society, and captures the candid lives 
of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, a sense of shame, 
apprehension, and fear of society.

Observational Film Series #2 by Kazuhiro Soda
Documentary, 135 min, HD, Color, 2008
In Japanese with English subtitles
Japanese Theatrical Release from June 2009! - Japanese Website

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Directed, produced, shot, and edited by Kazuhiro Soda (CAMPAIGN)
Poster design by Yoshio Itagaki www.yoshioitagaki.com
2008 Laboratory X, Inc.


       
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