Slamdance Film Review: My Name is Faith

Posted January 24, 2013 in
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 My Name is Faith

Slamdance Film Festival

 

Directors: Tiffany Sudela-Junker, Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres

 

Following a young girl named Faith—who suffers from Reactive Attachment Disorder— and her family, the Junkers, through two camps designed to help families with children who have various attachment disorders, My Name is Faith documents the difficulty of dealing with these very real issues—both as a child and as a family. The camps are run by Nancy Thomas, a theraputic parenting specialist, and use things like animal therapy and "controversial behavioral interventions," a full body-bind hold refered to as a "flight check," to assist the children in healing. The camps also provide bonding time for the parents and for the family as a whole. While most people have strong opinions on one side or the other about Thomas' "controversial" methods, the film does an excellent job of documenting what has taken place and letting the audience decide what they think about it. Though a portion of the cinematography is amateurish, the editing helps look past that, and, in the end, this film does what it sets out to do: incite a deeper conversation about mental health issues.

 

Official Site

Slamdance Film Guide

Trailer

 

Screenings:

Date: 1.20, 2:30 PM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Gallery Screening Room

Date: 1.23, 9:30 PM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Gallery Screening Room

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