While nearly half of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness at some point in our lives, only two percent of characters in top box-office grossing films are portrayed that way. A new film festival is setting out to change that, showing that mental health challenges are part of the human experience.
The Aotearoa Mental Health Film Festival will kick off in Auckland on the 16th of November and tour selected theatres in Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Wellington and Christchurch.
Nine films have been selected, among them is a film called 'Te Reo Rangatira - Maizy Metekingi', directed by Brandon Te Moananui.
Brandon joins Jesse today.