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Award-winning filmmaker to discuss mental health at NOVA-Manassas

March 31, 2011

On April 12, filmmaker and mental health activist Ken Paul Rosenthal will discuss his documentary “Crooked Beauty” at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The film will be shown in Colgan Theater at noon, followed by a discussion. The campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road. The event is free and open to the public.

According to the film’s website (, “Crooked Beauty” is a poetic documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey from childhood abuse to psych ward patient to pioneering mental health advocacy. The film is an intimate portrait of her intense personal quest to live with courage and dignity, and a powerful critique of standard psychiatric treatments. “Crooked Beauty” reshapes mental health stigmas through a new healing culture and political model for living with madness as a tool of creativity, inspiration and hope.

The Manassas Campus Psychology Club is sponsoring the event. To learn more, contact Mocha Dyrud, assistant professor of psychology, at or 703-257-6537.

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