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Director Susan Smiley.

Out of the Shadow is one of the most unique and courageous documentaries I have ever seen. The power of this very intimate film, lies in the filmmakers ability to bare her soul with frank objectivity while telling a very frustrating and often painful story of her mother's battle with schizophrenia. Through this film we witness one woman and her family's struggle to not only survive, but to love and forgive. The filmmaker, Susan Smiley brings new meaning to the word hope. Out of the Shadow is a story about a family that was torn apart by schizophrenia, and unexpectedly healed by the making of this film. It is a powerful and moving film that inspires whether or not you know anything about mental illness. I laughed, cried and was spellbound. I would highly recommend this film to everyone who thinks they know what schizoprenia is, but isn't really sure and wants to know. I'd also recommend it as invaluable insight for everyone in the field of psychiatry and psychology and related mental health professions.
Reviewer: blueviolets New York Times Review site, August 12, 2005

When documentary film maker Susan Smiley decided she was finally ready to turn the camera on her own family, the result became out of the shadow, the story of her family's secret struggle to deal with her mother's schizophrenia within the confines of the public health system. This film is a story of madness and dignity, shame and love, illuminating a national plight through one family