World Premiere of ATTILA at Rendezvous with Madness Festival 2023

ATTILA to make World Premiere on 75th anniversary of World Mental Health Day
31st Rendezvous with Madness Festival

October 10, 2023 | 7 PM. ET
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Toronto
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As conversations on homelessness, opioids and mental health continue to rise in Canada, Stephen Hosier’s emotionally raw feature documentary debut, ATTILA, delivers an eye-opening perspective from the community within.

On October 10, 2023 – the 75th anniversary of World Mental Health Day – Rendezvous with Madness is honoured to present a Special Presentation and World Premiere of ATTILA at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema at 7 PM. ET. Admission will include a post-screening panel discussion as local filmmaker Stephen Hosier will be joined by special guests and community experts.

In this 80-minute documentary, Richard Csanyi investigates the life and death of his twin brother, Attila, revealing a dark and traumatic past. Found dead homeless on a Hamilton complex rooftop during the COVID-19 wave in May 2020, the 28-year-old was expelled from a long-term care residence even as he grappled with addiction and schizophrenia. Now a young father, Richard’s own life is precarious, teetering on homelessness himself but clinging to hope, as he courageously navigates the systems that failed his family.

Shot cinéma vérité, Hosier joins Richard on his challenging journey ahead while reuniting to make another home-grown film like they once did in their youth.

ATTILA is a reflection of the states of emergencies relating to homelessness, opioid crisis and mental health that were declared by major Canadian cities in 2023. According to the Government of Canada, nearly 7,328 (20 per day) apparent opioid toxicity deaths occurred last year alone. Young to middle-aged (20-59) males accounted for more than 70 per cent of the deaths. Of all accidental apparent opioid toxicity deaths in 2022, more than 80 per cent involved fentanyl. Previous data has shown that half of the people who were experiencing homelessness at the time of their death had a history of at least one potentially traumatic event.

Join us after the film screening for a post-film panel discussion moderated by Aisha Jamal (filmmaker and film programmer) featuring Dr. Naheed Dosani (palliative care physician and health justice activist), Chris Summerville (Schizophrenia Society of Canada), Diana Chan McNally (community and crisis worker) and other special guests to be announced.

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The Rendezvous With Madness Festival is committed to values of inclusivity and accessibility for all guests, staff, volunteers and artists. We’re listening and learning from our community to help us address barriers and open opportunities for anyone interested in engaging with the growing dialogue about mental health and/or addictions. Event-specific accessibility initiatives are indicated on each program page. For more about accessibility at the festival, please see the accessibility information page on our website.

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