COVID-19 has brought into sharp relief the mental health crisis that the documentary community has faced for quite some time.

Living in survival mode and keeping it all together for their crew and subjects is what document filmmakers are good at, but at great costs to their own mental health and physical well-being. It’s time we stop suffering in silence, and speak up as a community.

NYWIFT and The D-Word are co-hosting a panel discussion “Mental Health and Career Sustainability in the Doc World” to explore what lessons can be learnt from this pivotal moment to help create a mind-shift in the industry.

Moderated by Doug Block (The D-Word), panelists include Rebecca Day (Producer/ Psychotherapist), Kelsey Koenig  (Impact Partner Films), Heidi Reinberg  (Documentary film maker) and Chithra Jeyaram (Documentary film maker).

 Full panel discussion here: