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2018 / ISSUE 110 23 FILM Steven Soderbergh delivers a twisted new psychological thriller with Unsane. Child psychiatrist Essam Daod reminds us that the global refugee crisis is a mental-health catastrophe that will not only affect us but also change the world. During Daod's time on the Greek island of Lesbos and on the rescue boats in the Mediterranean he saw thousands of refugees fleeing war and hardship. One fourth of them were usually children, each dealing with their own trauma from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and different African countries. Despite this Essam's one of the few child psychiatrists actually working in refugee camps. Leaving more than 350,000 children without proper mental health support. Essam believes that " We need to acknowledge that first aid is not just needed for the body, but it has also to include the mind, the soul. The impact on the soul is hardly visible, but the damage can be there for life." Which is why the psychiatrist has co-founded Humanity Crew. One of the few aid organisations in the world that offers first response mental health interventions to refugees. HOW WE CAN BRING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT TO REFUGEES FEATURED TED UNSANE DELIVERS TWISTED THRILLS FROM A CORRUPT MENTAL INSTITUTION OUR TOP FOUR FILM FLICKS Darkest Minds 10th August When teenagers start to develop mysterious new abilities, they are declared a threat and detained by the government. 16 year old Ruby, one of the most powerful teenagers escapes the camp and joins a group of runaways. Together they form a resistance to take back control of their future. BlacKkKlansman 24th August Spike Lee brings us the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington). The first African-American detective at the Colorado Springs Police Department who infiltrated and exposed the Ku Klux Klan, by posing as a racist extremist. The Yardie 24th August Set in 70's Kingston and 80's Hackney, Yardie follows a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen) hell-bent on avenging the death of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). The explosive quest brings him into viscous conflict with dangerous London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham). Alpha 24th August An adventure set in Europe 20,000 years ago follows a young man on his first hunt gone horribly wrong when he injures himself and is left for dead. Finding himself alone, he learns to survive and navigate the harsh wilderness alongside a lone wolf also abandoned by its pack. Searching 31st August David Kim (John Cho) races against time to find his missing 16 year old daughter. Centred around a pig farmer named Bob Comis, who does his best to provide a humane life for his pigs, the film explores the close bond that Comis forms with the animals and the hardships he faces at inevitably having to send them to the slaughterhouse. If you are a regular meat eater, this is definitely essential viewing. The Last Pig was directed by Allison Argo and has already had a somewhat successful festival run, having been screened at the Provincetown International, Mill Valley, Woodstock Film Festivals. It also won the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and is likely to pick up more accolades as it continues its run. Claire Foy delivers a riveting, high-strung performance in the role of Sawyer, a plain-spoken, tightly-wound data analyst who was recently the victim of stalking. Still anxious from the experience, Sawyer seeks support from the local institution only to be duped into committing herself as part of a scam to milk some profit from her medical insurance. To make matters worse, one of the hospital workers appears to be the spitting image of Sawyer's former stalker – though the question lingers of whether his presence is a mere product of her paranoid delusions. From here, the story spirals into increasingly dark, deranged and farfetched territory. While Unsanedoesn't seem entirely sure how seriously it wants to be taken – careening between understated realism and horror show hysteria – Soderbergh sporadically succeeds in blending these two modes for an eerie reflection of our current era. The predatory behaviour exposed by the Me Too movement is unmistakeably echoed in Sawyer's exploitation at the hands of various callous and creepy authority figures. But more generally, the banal corruption of the mental institution channels the pervasive greed and alienation of the modern world, where human beings are used and disposed of with all the efficiency of a dating app hook-up (it's no mere gimmick that the film was shot entirely on an iPhone). In its most unhinged and outrageous moments, Unsane loses its grasp on this lonely, troubling vision of our times but the proficient work of Soderbergh and Foy ensures that this messy, absorbing film has our eyes, even when it doesn't have our minds. Most of us prefer not think about the fact that the meat we eat was once part of a living, breathing animal, but the documentary The Last Pig tackles this dilemma head-on. THE LAST PIG TACKLES ANIMAL WELFARE ON THE BIG SCREEN

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