This feature documentary offers an intimate portrait of living with bipolar disorder. Filmmaker Pierre Goupil (Celui qui voit les heures, La vérité est un mensonge) reveals his uneasy relationship with his illness and his journey as an artist in a society that struggles to accept those on the fringe. A product of the 1960s intellectual scene, Goupil continues to question the world and fight for global solidarity. The Wind at My Door celebrates life amid suffering, while reaffirming the importance of social ties and political commitment. An ode to the freedom of individuals over the powers that would enslave them, Goupil's film acknowledges both the terrible winter and the long-awaited spring of renewed creation.
Ages 15 to 18
Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide
Media Education - Documentary Film
Ideal for essays and debates on mental health and art. Research the artistic career of Pierre Goupil. Research the link between mental illness and creativity. Have students give presentations on famous artists who wrestled with mental illness. Use collage to create a portrait of an artist that depicts their personal life as well as their art. Find stories of how people with mental health issues manage today. What does society do to help them? What more could society do?