Representation of Mental Illness in Film

May is mental health awareness month, and film plays a key role in building social awareness; what we see on the big screen normalizes ideas about people and society within us. Two films that portray people with mental illness with dignity are Lee Chang-dong’s 2010 film, Poetry and Park Chan-wook’s 2006 film, I’m a Cyborg but That’s Ok. These films also can offer useful recommendations for young filmmakers as they seek to create authentic representations of people with mental illness.