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12 Days (15*) + ScreenTalk

Part of Human Rights Watch Film Festival

A still from 12 Days

Raymond Depardon’s absorbing and thought-provoking documentary follows a judge who must decide whether psychiatric hospital patients can be allowed back into society.

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, Raymond Depardon captures the raw and vulnerable interactions at the border of justice and psychiatry, humanity and bureaucracy.

'This is really a wonderful film, and every character has a unique story to tell. I was reminded of several people I met while investigating this issue as a follow-up to our Croatia report, ‘Once You Enter, You Never Leave’, on how people with disabilities, once admitted to an institution or psychiatric hospital, have little chance of leaving despite having never consented to their confinement.'

Emina Cerimovic, Researcher, Disability Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

France 2017 Raymond Depardon 88 min

These screenings are followed by a discussion with Shantha Rau Barriga, Disability Rights Director, HRW and Stephen Cragg QC and moderated by Clive Baldwin, Senior Legal Advisor, HRW

This film is fully subtitled in English and BSL interpretation will be provided for the Q&A

For the best views of the BSL interpreter during the panel, please select a seat in the BSL priority seating area:

A 1–4 and B1–4

To book the BSL priority seats please email [email protected] with your booking request

* This film has been locally classified by the Barbican Centre

Golden Eye Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2017

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