“Don’t Change The Subject”
“Don’t Change the Subject” is a darkly comic documentary film that looks at what happens when one man dares to ask questions about the dirtiest word in any language–suicide. No one seems to want to have a conversation about it. But what if we dig into it in a completely different way? Director Mike Stutz jumps into this suicide adventure first by questioning his family about his own mother’s suicide when he was a kid, then by gathering up a band of comics, artists, dancers, musicians and suicide survivors and inviting them to explore the subject in their own unique ways. Teenagers dance to autopsy reports. A jumper gives tips on how to come out of a coma. A standup comic discovers that suicide can actually be funny. Also dozens of amazingly honest and incredible people open up about their lives in ways that you’d never expect. Drawing on the Mexican Day of the Dead saying that you die three times—the first when your heart stops beating, the second when they put you in the ground, and the third when the last person on earth who can tell a story about you dies—Stutz seeks to celebrate the lives of those who have died at their own hand instead of cloaking their existence in shame. “Don’t Change the Subject” invites you to sit back, share a laugh, celebrate life and ponder a very dirty word. Manitowoc Public Library is proud to be showing this extremely unique film in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week on September 12th at 6 PM in the Balkansky Community Room. This film contains mature content and may not be suitable for all ages. Admission is FREE!!!
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