Hannah Arendt and Rosa Luxemburg never gave up hope in her renowned essay 'A Good and Dignified Life.' After watching "The Recovery Channel," we want to create a simple and supportive space where the audience can explore and reflect on hope, especially in the context of mental health and recovery. What does hope mean to each individual, and how does it affect one's life and worldview? The audience is invited to share their thoughts or reflections on hope, either related to the film or based on their own experiences. Philosopher Lene Auestad will read a text titled «Hannah Arendt on Hope in Dark Times». The talk will conclude with slampoet Tara, who is both a slam poet, nurse and next of kin.
Ugelstad plays with the often naive approach of news aesthetics and the role and power of the media in defining our views, knowledge, and attitudes towards mental disorders. In this way, the film serves as an allegory for how individuals can experience dehumanisation when confronted with systems, depicting what it's like to be stripped of freedom, one's own voice, and self-image. The film is, in many ways, a humanistic perspective on human madness and provides a multifaceted view of the media, the challenges in our healthcare system, sprinkled with some interesting takes on weather reports, cultural segments, and sports broadcasts presented from a slightly different standpoint.