Over 240 families signed up for the first two movies in the Indieflix series – LIKE and UPSTANDERS. We hope these thought-provoking documentaries and supporting resources stimulated good conversations at home.
The aim of the Indieflix documentary series is to create interactions that inspire positive action, personal revelation and social changes for all ages. The educational messages in these movies closely align with our commitment to wellbeing and enabling students to flourish. Here is an overview of these movies. We would like to thank the DCPTA for their support in bringing these movies to our community.
The third documentary in the series is ANGST, which will be viewed and discussed by Year 9, 11 and 13 during online learning on Wednesday 16 March.
What is the difference between “being anxious” and having an anxiety disorder? What can we do about the 634% rise in use of Mental Health America’s online tool for anxiety since the start of Covid? Why is there still so much fear and stigma in just talking to others instead of hiding online? What can each of us do to make it better and best engage in a full and happy life?
Angst is on a mission: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. This 56-minute documentary delves into all aspects of our society’s most common mental health challenge with:
- Candid interviews with kids and teens, who discuss their anxiety, its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope
- Expert perspectives (from institutions such as Stanford University, Child Mind Institute), who talk about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects and resources to help
- Tips, tricks and strategies to help reset thinking patterns, push back against anxiety and support others
- Awareness that anyone can be touched by – and overcome – anxiety, via a unique and revealing interview with mental health advocate Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history
Part of the beauty of this film is the openness of the children and young adults featured; for some of them, the “Angst” project marks the first time they are publicly sharing their experiences with anxiety. Our hope is that their candidness and bravery will inspire our community to do the same. The film is also hopeful and optimistic; Noah, a teenager featured, describes it this way: “Anxiety doesn’t define me. It’s not just a curse; it also gives me strength.”
Part of our commitment to this important aspect of wellbeing is to provide the opportunity for parents to watch alongside their children at home. There will also be supporting resources available to help guide conversations at home. This movie is likely to be suitable for parents of Y6 to Y13 students.
We have 150 views available and please sign up using this form by Thursday 17 March if you wish to watch the entire documentary with your family. Please note as there are limited views available and these will be allocated according to sign up time.