Spring Film Series: Nise: The Heart of Madness

Saturday, June 3 at 7:30pm

Knickerbocker Theatre 86 East 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3504

The New York Times has called it “mesmerizing,” and the film gathered awards at both the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival. The film is not rated and is in Portuguese with English subtitles.

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Arts, Knickerbocker Film Series, Public Events


$7 for regular admission and $6 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children


The film is based on the real-life story of Nise de Silveira (Gloria Pires), and focuses on her work in the 1940s at a Rio de Janeiro psychiatric hospital where she overcame prejudices against her as a woman to demand and develop humane ways of dealing with the mentally ill.

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