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Kalina Bertin on her new film Manic, survivor guilt, family secrets and mental health

Manic director Kalina Bertin

Kalina Bertin and Face2Face host David Peck talk about her new film Manic, survivor guilt, family secrets, mental health issues, intimate connections and prejudice.

Manic chronicles filmmaker Kalina Bertin’s struggle to make sense of the legacy of mental illness wreaking havoc over her sibling’s lives.

Convinced that her father holds a key piece of the puzzle, she sets out to find the truth about him, and discovers a man known alternately as a cult leader, a scam artist, a prophet, and a father of fifteen.

Manic invites the viewer on a compelling and intimate journey through time and through the mind, where past and present collide.


After completing her degree in film production in Montreal at UQÀM, filmmaker Kalina Bertin quickly realized that if she didn’t set out to understand the mental illnesses in her family, it would destroy her. This process led to her compelling documentary film Manic, which explores the legacy of bipolar disorder in her family.

Aiming to build empathy and awareness toward such a complex condition, she currently is directing a virtual reality experience, which will enable the viewer to explore the world of manic-depression from within.

Kalina presented this project in development at the MIT Open Documentary lab and at the MUTEK and SODEC Atelier Grand Nord VR.

Manic and ManicVR are both produced by EyeSteelFilm, a two-time Emmy award winning production company based in Montreal.



Find out more about the film here.

And learn more about Kalina here.


For more information about David Peck's podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site.

With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

Image: Kalina Bertin, Steel Eye Films. Used with permission.

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