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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

One of the unfortunate distinguishing characteristics of the American justice system has been its insistence on criminalizing, rather than treating, mental illness.

Amid heightened scrutiny of police-community relations and deepening understanding of mental health issues including addiction, Jenifer McShane’s solution-focused documentary, “Ernie & Joe,” offers proof of an enlightened way forward.

Zeroing in on a unit of the San Antonio Police Department, the disarmingly titled film is a candid, mostly vérité portrait of two police officers in a small but paradigm-shifting program — one that breaks down the us-vs.-them mindset that views people with mental illness as offenders and too often, as in the news footage that opens the film, turns them into victims of police gunfire.

Learn more about the film at the “Ernie & Joe” website.

Read the story at The Hollwood Reporter.

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