Screening at Hot Docs 2013: ‘NCR: Not Criminally Responsible’

Coming next season on Doc Zone, "NCR: Not Criminally Responsible," a revelatory documentary about violence, mental illness, and the rights of victims.

Director John Kastner tells the story of a troubled young man who stabbed a complete stranger six times in a crowded shopping mall while gripped by psychosis. (Listen to an interview with John Kastner on Metro Morning)

Twelve years later, his victim, who miraculously survived, is terrified to learn that he's out, living in the community under supervision. He's applying for an absolute discharge, and if he succeeds, he'll no longer be required to take the anti-psychotic drugs that control his mental illness.

With unprecedented access to the patient, the victim, and the mental institution, the film looks at both sides of the debate and puts a human face on the complex ethical issues raised.

"NCR: Not Criminally Responsible" is screening at the Toronto-based documentary film festival Hot Docs:

Sun, Apr 28 9:30 PM, Isabel Bader Theatre
Tue, Apr 30 3:30 PM, Scotiabank Theatre
Sun, May 5 1:00 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Hot Docs website.

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