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Source:  Independent Lens on PBS

Haunted by the death of his mentally ill sister, psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg takes on the role of filmmaker to examine a national health crisis.

“Bedlam” follows the stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other chronic psychiatric conditions in Los Angeles.

Impossible to mask when untreated, their symptoms shove them into the path of police officers, ER doctors, nurses, lawyers, and prison guards.

Filmed over the course of five years, Rosenberg takes us inside Los Angeles County’s overwhelmed and vastly under-resourced psych ER, a nearby jail warehousing thousands of psychiatric patients, and the homes — and homeless encampments — of people suffering from severe mental illness.

“Bedlam” premieres April 13 on Independent Lens on PBS.


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