On the Adamant

Friday, March 29 - Thursday, April 4, 2024

The Adamant is a one-of-a-kind place: a floating refuge on the Seine River in the heart of Paris that offers day programs for adults with mental health disorders. Its attendees come from across the city and are offered care that grounds them in time and space, helping them achieve recovery and stability. Through a blend of therapy, education, and culture rooted in music and the arts, the Adamant offers a hopeful vision of what a humanistic approach to mental health care could look like. The community on the boat is thoughtfully constructed and maintained by both the staff and the people receiving care, each group treated with the same respect and dignity. Their meetings and conversations reveal the camaraderie and collective humanity of a group of people whose similarities far outweigh their differences. This affecting, enlightening documentary from nonfiction master Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have, In the Land of the Deaf) invites viewers to come aboard the Adamant and witness the transformational power of art and community.

Winner: Golden Bear, Berlinale

  • Country France, Japan
  • Language French with English Subtitles
  • Running Time 109 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Kino Lorber
  • Director Nicolas Philibert
  • Cast Mamadi Barri, Walid Benziane, Sabine Berliere, Romain Bernardin
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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