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BHERC Film Festival Examines Mental Health Issues and Answers
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 25, 2022

Shirley Evers-Manly, PhD, RN, FAAN (Courtesy Photo)

The Black Hollywood Education Resource Center (BHERC) presents the screening of a nine films focused on mental health, the filmmakers, and healthcare professionals at the 28th Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase (AAFM SEMSF).

The event takes place on Saturday, August 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cinemark XD and 18 Theater at the Howard Hughes Center, located at 6081 Center Drive in Los Angeles.

AAFM SEMSF will also feature the First Annual Health Conference: “SUPLLEMENTALLY: Mastering Mental and Brain Health After the Pandemic Across the Globe: Recovery, Healing, Hope, Reimage.” Four CEU Credits are offered for this program.  Tickets are available at www.bherc.org. In addition, this event may be experienced live or virtual on www.bherc.TV.

Dr. Denese Shervington (Courtesy Photo)

“The historical landscape and experience of mental health among the African American Community have and remain to be characterized by current and unresolved trauma and violence. During the festival and beyond, we will discuss alternative ways to heal from trauma and explore the intersecting equity issues that exist,” said Sandra Evers Manly, BHERC founder.

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The films include:

  • “From the Outside” – Rodelio De Jesus Mercado, director/producer – A young woman’s ordinary yet wonderful life turns her out of control with immense fear after contracting COVID-19.
  • “Breathe” – Jonathan Rowan, director/writer – A young man with a promising future, battles with issues of depression and suicide after his life takes a turn for the worst.

    Dr. Clyde E. Glenn (Courtesy photo)

  • “Dear Dad” – Dela Finn, director/writer/producer – A traumatized teenager takes her own life because she feels no one will believe her side of the story.
  • “Depression” – Donking Jacob, director/writer/producer – a pastor who can’t provide for his family in his wife’s opinion and also nursing a secret illness.
  • “Fear of Darkness” – Shubham Gosalia, director/writer/producer – A middle-aged, colored skin man struggles through life with Agoraphobia witnessing the news of police brutality against Black people.

    Tia Delaney, MSN-Ed, RN, CCM

  • “Music and Mental Health” – Episode 1 –– Tina Rix, director/writer/producer – Mental health is just as important as physical health. Thought Positive Media, LLC, with the help of local independent artists, share their talents and voices in more than one way in this film.
  • “Not Alone” – Saliu Babatunde Luqman: Director/Producer; Olawuyi Ajiboye, Writer – Enne is a sickle cell patient and all she needed to stay alive was love and someone to give her a reason to live.
  • “The Saved” – Uzoma Sunday Logicman: director/writer – About to commit suicide thinking that all his investments collapsed alongside the ship conveying all he owned. Could his Pastor save him?

    Dr. Stephanie A. Patterson, JD, DNP, MBA, MPA, MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, PHN,

  • “Unspoken Casualties” – The Heartbreak of the Pandemic – Cameron Lee, director; Chariti Johnson- Hamilton and Kamryne Ayers, writers – A documentary that examines both the cause and effects of mental health and suicide of all age groups in the United States and features real people who have suffered from depression while having thoughts of suicide.

The healthcare professionals joining the Mental Health Panel are:

  • Shirley Evers-Manly, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, founder/president, All Health Care, Imani’s in Oakland, California, and interim dean of Alcorn State University School of Nursing, Natchez, Mississippi. Experienced in developing and implementing clinical, academic, and community-based health promotion and prevention programs and working with vulnerable populations.
  • Denese O. Shervington, author of “Healing Is the Revolution,” also hosts the podcast, “Healing is the Revolution” where her guests share and explore their healing journey through their traumas.

    Dr. Pedro E. Morante DNP, LNC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, NP-C, GERO-BC, MEDSURG-BC, PMH-BC (Courtesy Photo)

  • Clyde Glenn, president/CEO of Rehoboth in Ridgeland, Mississippi, which assists clients in leading balanced and productive lives through compassionate, patient-centered psychiatric care utilizing approaches that integrate body, mind, and spirit.
  • Tia Delaney, MSN-Ed, RN, CCM director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Alzheimer’s Association. She specializes in behavioral health, public health, and delivery-system reform.
  • Stephanie A. Patterson, JD, DNP, MBA, MPA, MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, PHNDNP, a passionate mental health care provider who provides compassionate mental health care nationally.
  • Peter Morante DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, LNC, PMH-BC, GERO-BC, MS-BC, provides mental health care and teaches mental health advanced practitioners. He is dedicated to increasing the number of mental health professionals across the globe.

To purchase tickets for this event and all festival tickets, festival passes, the complete festival schedule, or to sign-up for the latest news from BHERC and for, please visit http://www.BHERC.org.

 

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