Friday, February 26, 2021

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  • My psychology class watched this film. While I applaud the film as a way to bring in attention and help towards an important topic in modern society through the use of beautiful music made by the patients and the scenes from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as a way to keep the viewers attention and let them know what each particular section was going to be about. The way it was shot and edited would make most people sympathetic for the cause. But the issue with all that is that it didn’t allow us to learn anything. This wasn’t so much a documentary, but almost a commercial to showcase how the system in the Oregon State Hospital and Oregon’s “Guilty Except For Insanity” policy works. You commit a crime such as murder in Oregon? Simply state that you blacked out and woke up with the victim dead on the floor; that you don’t recall anything that happened at all. We’ll put you into a hospital where if we see improvement, gradually we will ease you back into society even if you are totally a risk to the safety of those around you.
    I understand that yes, for some the system works. But as a whole it seems incredibly dangerous to allow those who have a past in violence to be able to be put back into society just because they “seemed” to be getting better. All it takes is for one instance where that individual can become stressed and knocked straight back into their blind violence and hurt more innocent people around them.
    In order for this to be a documentary about OSH, there should be more information and footage about the patients we didn’t see. How the patients that we don’t see in this film are treated. Even if we just see how those who we do see are treated or how they act during their bad times. It seemed that the only part that we saw in their lives were the times when they seemed the most stable. For god sakes the film seemed okay with the fact that the woman who shot her son’s friend told her that she felt that that incident was necessary in that woman’s life; a revelation. That shooting her son and yelling at him for bleeding was what she needed to get better and she accepted that.