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“It will haunt you.”

– Andy Webster

 

Latimes-logo“A devastating commentary”

– Kimber Myers

 

washington-post-logo“Remarkably moving”

– Amy Ellis Nutt

 

Print“Beautiful, evocative, and ultimately heartbreaking”
– Christopher Orr

 

Variety-Logo-2“A chilling exploration-The diaries are not just read but vocally embodied by Lori Singer in a vivid voiceover performance”
– Jessica Kiang

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“Haunting and uncommonly artful”
– John DeFore

HD15_sp_jury_can“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

 

american-cinematographer“God Knows Where I Am meets the considerable challenge of showing a story driven by an absent protagonist while also encouraging the viewer to feel the pain of her plight; it’s a triumph of visual narrative that engenders enormous empathy, and a very worthy winner of this year’s prize.”
– Stephen Pizzello, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher
American Cinematographer

“God Knows Where I Am—beautiful, haunting and supremely moving—is one of the most powerful documentary films I have seen on America’s flawed approach to mental health and homelessness. Essential viewing for anyone seeking to understand the systemic failings of our mental healthcare system, it is at once a work of art and a clarion call to end our neglect of people with mental illnesses.  The film powerfully conveys how an empty commitment to individual liberty has been substituted for a genuine system of mental health treatment and leaves us with one unavoidable conclusion: “we can and must do better.””
– Paul S. Appelbaum, MD
Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine & Law, Columbia University
Former President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)

“Though this film shares one woman’s heart- wrenching story, her experiences are all-too-familiar of anyone struggling with a mental illness – of a lively, smart and creative person suddenly stricken with an illness– of a family straining to understand the condition of their loved one – of a society wondering why one would retreat into solitude when help is so desperately needed. ‘God Knows Where I Am’ puts these questions and conversations front and center here in New Hampshire and all across America.”
– Jeanne Shaheen
United States Senator

 

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ABOUT THE FILM

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, beauty, humor, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

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