A Groundbreaking Documentary

On June 21, 1967, at the age of 17, Lucy Winer was committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of failed suicide attempts. Over 30 years later, now a veteran documentary filmmaker, Lucy returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long effort to face her past and learn the story of the now abandoned institution that once held her captive. Her meetings with other former patients, their families, and the hospital staff reveal the painful legacy of our state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.


“an extraordinarily powerful film”
Stewart Nusbaumer, Filmmaker Magazine

“a deeply moving and disturbing new documentary”
Michael Yudell, The Philadelphia Inquirer

“shines a light into the dark corners of US psychiatric care”
Amy Maxmen, Nature

“truly captivating”
J Morgan, Lancet Psychiatry

Kings Park is a powerful film… a vehicle for broad public education”
Bob Carolla, Director Media Relations, NAMI Blog

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