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Schizophrenia in the Family

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Published on Apr 30, 2012

Amanda Tetrault's father Phil is a poet who was stricken with schizophrenia at the age of 21. Like many suffering from the illness, Phil does not believe he is ill, and has never accepted treatment, spending most of his life living on the streets. However, no matter how estranged Phil became, Amanda and her mother never abandoned him. An accomplished photographer, Amanda turned her lens on her father in order to get a better understanding of their relationship, and better insight into Phil's life. In 2004, she published the acclaimed book ,Phil and Me,, which explored her relationship with Phil through the lens of her photography and his poetry.

Leonard Cohen once said, during one of Phil's more lucid periods, that he was one of Canada's best kept secrets. Cohen and Phil remain friends and share a special bond to this day. This is the story of one daughter's compassion for her father, and for all the untreated victims of mental illness.

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