Still Sane

Brenda Ingratta and Lidia Patriasz

1984, 60:00 minutes, colour, French/English


In the 1970s, an Ontario woman was committed to a psychiatric institution because she was a lesbian. Reflecting remarkable courage and imagination, this tape is a powerful indictment of a mental illness system that treats lesbianism as a disease to be cured by drugs, shock treatment and incarceration. At times painful and disturbing, Still Sane's overriding theme is ultimately one of defiance and survival: we can maintain our choices, even in the face of literally mind-numbing oppression.

En 1970, en Ontario, une femme est internée parce qu'elle est lesbienne. Le vidéo réflète sa lutte pour la survie, le courage et l'imagination dont elle a fait preuve pour s'en sortir. Par une fresque sculpturale dérangeante, on dénonce violemment l'univers carcéral du système de santé mentale qui traite le lesbianisme comme une maladie que l'on guérit par des drogues, des électrochocs et l'incarcération.

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Critical Writing

The Grierson Seminar
by Unknown. Cinema Canada, Feb. 1986, no. 127.
Still Sane
by Sara Diamond. Fuse, Fall 1984, v. 8, no. 3.