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Documentary Subject, Lift the Mask
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Featured in the film with her son, Dennis, Liz's perseverance and strength is told through a story symbolizing the epitome of a mother's love for her child. A dynamic young adult with a flair for razor-sharp self-reflection and beautiful storytelling, Dennis has struggled with mental illness from a very young age. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and autism. In his teenage years, Dennis suffered from frequent psychotic episodes and obsessive and compulsive behaviors that caused deep anxiety as well as severe depression. Liz cared for and advocated on behalf of her child for decades. They faced head-on the possibility that Dennis would end his own life, and their open and frank discussion of suicide is revelatory. Dennis and Liz narrate their tale in lucid, affecting detail and surprising insight.