Every year in France, 92,000 people are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. By law, the hospital has 12 days to bring each patient before a judge. Relying on little information beyond doctor recommendations, a crucial decision must be made: will the patient be forced to stay or granted the freedom to leave? Focusing primarily on these public hearings, renowned filmmaker and photographer Raymond Depardon captures the raw and vulnerable interactions at the border of justice and psychiatry, humanity and bureaucracy. Absorbing and thought-provoking, 12 Days gives a platform to those whose voices are so rarely considered. Golden Eye Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Filmmaker(s): Raymond Depardon, Produced by Claudine Nougaret
Born in 1942, Raymond Depardon has directed twenty feature-length films and more than fifty books of his photography have been published. Depardon’s oeuvre is regularly the subject of major exhibtitions and film retrospectives, from Paris to Bogota.