Wind, Directed by Helen Walsh (United Kingdom) - Elsa (19), withdraws from her antidepressant medication so she can feel the world again; feel the wind on her face. But her elation quickly turns to despair as she struggles to cope without it. Over 25 million adults now take antidepressants; many of them struggle to quit. 'Wind' is a candid and deeply personal exploration of our complex and obsessive relationship with SSRI medications. In my late teens I was prescribed antidepressants, and then again in my 20s and after giving birth in my 30s. Each time, they provided a vital path back to mental wellness. Yet, I have found it impossible to write or create any meaningful work whilst on medication - you are effectively blunting yourself to the world. Wind captures the sheer beauty and exhilaration of feeling the universe rush in on you after a prolonged spell on antidepressants. It also charts the inevitable fall out of living without them. Shot over 48 hours, (whilst coming off anti-depressants) Wind is a deeply personal reflection on the space between living and existing.

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