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Blue Monday

CRAZY OR WISE?
Is there wisdom in madness?

"If the delusion is not delusion
in the fascinating documentary BLUE MONDAY"
- NRC (Dutch newspaper) -

The documentary BLUE MONDAY explores what can be learned from people who have turned their mental health crises into positive transformative experiences. Joyce, Jerry and Chester are three young people that struggle with psychosis. All three are searching in their own way for the truths behind their psychotic experiences. Jerry and Joyce refuse to believe that their psychoses are nothing but a disease. Chester experiences these episodes as a living nightmare. Is it possible to find sense in their madness? Should psychotic episodes be eliminated with medication or should you explore them too? Is there meaning in their madness? If it is up to the three young characters in Blue Monday, the view on sensitivity for psychoses should change.

  • Ingrid Kamerling
    Director
  • Nienke Korthof
    Producer
  • Willem Baptist
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    psychosis, psychology, mental health, young peope, youth, spirtual, psychiatric
  • Runtime:
    54 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Netherlands
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands
  • Language:
    Dutch
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Dutch Film Festival, nomination Golden Calf
    Utrecht
    Netherlands
    October 1, 2021
    World
    nomination Gold Calf Competition short documentary
  • Impact campagne Blue Monday: Release in Dutch cinema's and organisations

    Netherlands
    Screening in Dutch cinema's and (health) organisations as a part of an impact campagne
    http://bluemonday-film.com/#events
  • World Film Carnival - Singapore, best documentary

    August 16, 2022
    Award best documentary
  • Buddha Film Festival, best documentary

    August 10, 2022
    Award best documentary
  • Athvikvaruni International Film Festival, best documentary

    India
    August 15, 2022
    Award best documentary
  • TRILOKA INTERNATIONAL FILMFARE AWARDS, best documentary

    India
    August 25, 2022
    Award best documentary
  • 1st Monthly FIlm Festival, best medium length documentary
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    August 21, 2022
    Award best medium length documentary
Director Biography - Ingrid Kamerling

Ingrid Kamerling (1981) is a Dutch independent documentary filmmaker and psychologist, famous from the moving poetic documentary VIVIAN VIVIAN. www.vivianvivian-film.com
Her debut film SOUNDS FOR MAZIN was proclaimed youth documentary of the year at the International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). It was selected for over 60 international film festivals and won 7 international awards. Her second film VIVIAN VIVIAN, about her sister who committed suicide, screened in 25 Dutch cinemas, was nominated
for the Golden Calf competition of the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) and won six awards at international film festivals. GRANNY AND CHRIS AND THE RED CAR, was part of the Golden Calf
Competition in 2019 and screened in Dutch Cinemas. After making the short documentary RESTLESS SOULS in 2020 (nominated for the Dutch Directors Guild award 2021) she kept filming the main characters, resulting in the feature documentary ECHO in 2021. Alongside ECHO, Ingrid made a documentary about three young people with psychosis: BLUE MONDAY. Both films premiered at the DUTCH FILM FESTIVAL and were in the running for the most important film prizes of The Netherlands; the Golden Calves.

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