Not Michael Moore this time!!
Posted by shutah on July 12, 2007
The initials ‘MM’ strike a chord in movie making again. This time however it’s not Michael Moore, but Mike Mills.
In Japan, the suicide rate is about 30,000 a year, higher than other industrialized nations. And over the past decade, drugmakers have succesfully marketed antidepressants there. In fact, GlaxoSmithKline once used this slogan, ‘Does Your Soul Have A Cold?’ to market its pill [Hmmm possibly Paxil/Seroxat??], an effort that apparently helped lessen some of the social stigma caused by mental illness.
Now, filmmaker Mike Mills has used that title for a new documentary about the uneasy evolution of depression and treatment in Japan. In a brief interview after the film was screened recently at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Mike Mills told The Japan Times that, “GlaxoSmithKline has done a lot to educate about depression (in Japan). It’s just weird when someone feels so bad and then a drug company like GlaxoSmithKline tries to make a profit off of them.”
The filmmaker admits to one specific intention: “I hope the movie helps people suffering from depression in Japan realize that they are not alone and that they are not invisible.”
Far from it in the UK … you just have to check out the Blogs, websites and videos now available to see that we are not now, nor ever will be, invisible!!!