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Directed by Jedd Wider and Todd Wider
113 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated
*Post-film Q&A with directors Jedd Wider and Todd Wider moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.
God Knows Where I Am is the story of Linda Bishop, a well-educated New Hampshire mother who suffered from a severe bipolar disorder with psychosis, who was intermittently incarcerated and homeless, inevitably being committed for three years to a state psychiatric facility. Successfully fighting her sister’s protective attempts to be named her legal guardian, Linda was able to refuse treatment and medication, and eventually procured an early, unconditional release, despite the lack of post-release planning. Upon her release, she wandered ten miles down the road from the hospital, broke into an abandoned farmhouse and lived off of rainwater and apples picked from a nearby orchard for the next four months, through one of the coldest winters on record. Unable to leave the house, she became its prisoner, and remained there, a prisoner of her mind, eventually starving to death. Her body was discovered several months later and with it a diary that Linda kept documenting her journey. The diary is poignant, beautiful, funny, spiritual, and deeply disturbing.
Winner: Special Jury Prize–2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Special Jury Prize–2016 Napa Valley Film Festival; Official Selection: 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2016 NYC Docs, 2016 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and over 30 other international film festivals.
“A film of great beauty and tenderness that gradually reveals a confounding mental illness, this film is a human story at its heart. Ultimately, it illuminates a hidden problem of vast proportion with an epic yet intimate cinematic vision.” – Jury, Hot Docs
“Throughout the beautiful, evocative, and ultimately heartbreaking tale of Linda Bishop, the Widers use a variety of cameras and film formats to grant the movie an almost dreamlike feel, and they’re aided immeasurably by Bishop’s meticulous daily journal, which is read with tenderness and humanity by Lori Singer, bringing Bishop elegantly to life as the chronicler of her own story.” – The Atlantic