Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness

DVD Release: June 14, 2005
Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness


Here is an inside look at what it is like to live with a mental illness and how individuals and their families find their way through medical, governmental, societal and spiritual issues — to hope.

Dove Review

Many people today are affected with mental illness. This film features conversations with people who have been afflicted with this illness, as they tell how their lives have changed, what treatments they have received, and how people in their lives have helped them better their lives in the midst of their illness.

Over the years, many people have offered opinions on how to help those suffering from mental illness. Some of those opinions have not improved their lives but have turned the mentally ill into outcasts. Desperate for relief, they’ve turned to drugs, alcohol and even thoughts of suicide. But in recent years, many people have reformed their thinking and have helped the mentally ill with recovery, growth and coping skills to move on with their lives.

“Shadow Voices” is a helpful, encouraging documentary that shows how those with mental illness can change their lives. It is an insightful and educational DVD, and anyone who knows someone with mental illness can use it to help change the stigma behind this terrible, life-challenging illness.

We award this film the Dove “Faith Friendly” seal for all ages, with a warning that younger children may not understand this topic.

Content Description

Sex: none
Language: none
Violence: Discussion of mistreatment and violence against people with mental illness; scene from movie of man on fire and abusive treatment of those with mental illness
Drugs: Discussion of drug and alcohol abuse; discussion regarding prescribed medication
Nudity: none
Other: Separating families from mentally ill people; not letting people have worth in their lives; prejudice towards mental illness; being homeless and mentally ill; discussion about mental illness institutions


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Producer: Burton Buller
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 58 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe