crazy wise


  • Rated E
  • Runtime 82 minutes
  • Director Phil Borges, Kevin Tomlinson
  • Actors Angeles Arrien, Phil Borges, Laura Delano


When a person experiences a break from reality, western experts usually label it a "first-episode psychosis" whilst in stark contrast, many indigenous cultures consider it to be a spiritual awakening. So what are we really experiencing? A 'broken brain'.. or a 'calling to grow'? The documentary Crazywise explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. Through interviews with renowned mental health professionals including Gabor Mate, Robert Whitaker, and Roshi Joan Halifax, filmmaker Phil Borges explores the growing severity of the mental health crisis in the western world, in a culture dominated by biomedical psychiatry. He discovers a growing movement of professionals and psychiatric survivors who demand alternative treatments that focus on recovery, nurturing social connections, and finding meaning. Crazywise reveals alternative treatment approaches and a survivor-led movement challenging a mental health system in crisis. It adds a voice to the growing conversation that believes a psychological crisis can be an opportunity for growth and potential.