Erin P. (erinstotle) wrote in ed_ucate,
Erin P.

Attention: GTA-ers

Attention: Anyone living in the Greater Toronto Area

The documentary titled "Thin" directed by Lauren Greenfield (2005) will be playing at Toronto's HotDocs film festival!

Many women count calories but for some it's an obsession. In her directorial debut, renowned photographer Lauren Greenfield takes her unflinching lens into Florida's Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of severe eating disorders. Over six months, the camera unobtrusively follows four women, documenting their daily trials and humiliations as they battle a deadly psychiatric disorder, anorexia nervosa. We meet 25-year-old Shelley who lives in the shadow of her "perfect" twin and has a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach; Alisa, a bulimic 30-year-old single mother who is blind to her extraordinary beauty and intelligence; Polly, a charismatic 29-year-old who continually sabotages her treatment by breaking the centre's stringent rules; and 15-year-old Brittany, a creative teen who strives for the approval of her peers but is torn apart by intense self-loathing. With unprecedented access, Greenfield films her subjects in therapy sessions, during early morning weigh-ins and at agonizing mealtimes. What emerges is an emotionally charged portrait of young women caught in an invisible pandemic and the flawed yet dedicated institution struggling to feed their ravaged bodies and minds.

Playing times:
Sat Apr 29, 7:00pm ROM Theatre
Mon May 1, 11:00am ROM Theatre

$10, but the screening for Monday in the daytime is FREE for students and seniors who show ID.

Box Office Info

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