The Inmates are Running the Asylum

The Inmates are Running the Asylum

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum is a 2013 historical documentary about the Mental Patients Association: Vancouver’s most radical and successful mental health group.

MPA was founded in 1971 as a reaction to the dehumanizing experience many faced when they came out of psychiatric institutions. Unabashedly political, MPA was an advocacy and protest organization as well as a support group. This approach worked. MPA provided homes, work and a sense of belonging and self determination to ex-patients.

Forty-two years later, the MPA Founders came together with three academic researchers and a talented group of young artists to create The Inmates film. A compilation of interviews, animation and original music, this provocative, passionate and engaging document has something important to say about social justice, community-building and mental health today.