2009, Digital
20 mins. Documentary

"The line between sanity and craziness has never seemed so blurred"


Loucura Suburbana - Suburban Madness - is named after the carnival group of one of Brazil’s most innovative psychiatric institutions.
Situated in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, the institution believes in unconventional treatments, replacing limited medical resources with music and dance therapy. Patients perform annually at the local carnival procession. The film documents the interaction between the patients and the local community during Rio’s carnival: Madness clashes with collective craziness. Suburban Madness’ aim is to create awareness and encourage acceptance. The documentary’s intention is to challenge people’s perception of ‘madness’ and to help understand the value of the individual.

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Watch the trailer on happyendingsTV on youtube.