Docs to Watch: ‘Talking at Night’

Let’s talk about mental illness. Eric Thiessen’s important 2017 NFB documentary Talking at Night observes the positive impact that an empathetic ear can have on anyone feeling hopeless or in despair. The film goes behind the scenes at Saskatoon’s Mobile Crisis Centre, which provides 24/7 support to people in distress. The calls range from fears of suicide to stories of abuse and tales of depression. The film effectively conveys the process of bringing mental illness out into the open and encourages viewers to seek a helpful ear wherever one may be.