Mom Is Not Crazy

Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Amira took her future husband Michael to meet her therapist on their second date. Despite the obstacles this diagnosis presents, Michael did not run away. Years later, the family lives on the edge, dashing back and forth between the emergency room and psychiatric ward, struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy for their four children. As a religious woman, she has also found that the rules of Halakhah (Jewish religious law) make her life more difficult to endure, which has motivated her to study and promote a change in the way Rabbis relate to those coping with emotional distress. For over two years, director Rabbi Mordechai Vardi has followed Amira through her dramatic struggle, as she allows the camera to capture intimate, honest moments with her family. The film also examines the role of community as a support system, and raises the question: what does it really mean to be normal?

72 minutes
Mordechai Vardi

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