Crazy… or wise? That is the question human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges asked himself while making his documentary Crazywise. The documentary features indigenous cultures and their views on mental crises, which often contradict our Western believe-systems about what is crazy and what is sane. In many indigenous communities “psychotic” symptoms are regarded as an indicator for shamanic potential and a positive transformative experience. The documentary therefor explores the ways in which we can learn from these communities, to contribute to a society where mental health issues are becoming more and more common.
Phil Borges has also taken numerous breath-taking photos of endangered cultures around the world, go to his website to see some of his work.