Content warning: Subject matter in this article and the film described includes suicide and self harm.
If you or someone you know needs support, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Crisis Services Canada.
In recognition of World Mental Health Day (Saturday, October 10), the National Film Board of Canada is releasing its impactful mixed-media animated short Shannon Amen free to the public through NFB.ca, starting Friday, October 9.
Written and directed by Chris Dainty (One Last Dream), the highly personal film is a loving elegy to a friend lost to suicide, and the passionate and pained artwork she left behind. Based on the art of Shannon Jamieson, Shannon Amen unearths the frantic, passionate, and pained expressions of a young woman overwhelmed by guilt and anxiety as she struggles to reconcile her sexual identity with her religious faith.
The film is a multi-layered memoir that fuses