Trailer For New Film Dealing With The Touchy Subject Of Depression – ‘Stranded In Existence’

Trailer For New Film Dealing With The Touchy Subject Of Depression - 'Stranded In Existence'

When you think about it, one subject that black filmmakers
have basically overlooked is the subject of mental illness.

Of course, there are exceptions, such as filmmaker Jono Oliver’s quite moving and powerful
recent indie feature, Home (which will be screened at the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago this August).
But aside from Oliver’s film, black films that deal with mental illness are few
far and far between.

There’s no one reason why for this. Perhaps because the
subject of mental illness is still a touchy one among black people, or possibly
because it’s considered to be “dirty laundry” that shouldn’t be exposed in
the public. Who knows?

But there’s a newly completed film that attempts to address
the subject, from Southern California-based writer and director Adekola Popoola, titled Stranded in Existence.

The film, which was produced by Nabila Lester, is set on a college campus and deals a young student
(played by Dominique Williams) who, among his peers, is perceived as a nerd or an “alienated weirdo.” But Nicholas is, in fact, actually struggling “with the mental illness of depression to the
point that he has become extremely alienated and feels trapped in life.  Ending his life, seems to be the only way
out, until a simple act of kindness from the young lady he loves, Sade, gives
him the hope that he can win her heart; he must be successful if he wants to
see a future and not die.
  

Popoola says that, with this film, he “felt it was imperative that mental illness or depression gets addressed from a perspective that we aren’t
always privy to.  I’ve met people from
all walks of life who suffer from depression. Still, they are productive in society and do incredible things.  I wanted to help de-stigmatize depression and
certain forms of mental illness.

Here’s the trailer:

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Comments

Man-Over-Bored

Wow — what an important film! Where can it be seen, specifically in Los Angeles?

D.A.

Wow, I want to see this film, but then again I don't. It is a touchy issue in the black community, but I'll one up you and say that it's a touchy issue in The religious community. One of the things alluded to in the trailer is that the protagonist is not supposed to have these issues because he's blessed by God. Most will think nothing of it because most still associate monetary & material wealth with "Freedom" and happiness. But we all know freedom ain't free and happiness is subjective. So Please keep updating on this project, it really hits close to home for me. Not that that that should be your concern.

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