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May 5–11, 2017

Chicago Premiere

God Knows Where I Am

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Special Jury Prize
Hot Docs
Film Fest
"A compelling, deeply personal and illuminating story"
  —Psychology Today
Critics' Pick "It will haunt you"
  —New York Times
"A chilling exploration of the misery of mental illness"
"A lyrical exploration of both a person and the place she died in, as well as a devastating commentary on American society's approach to mental health"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Beautiful, evocative, and ultimately heartbreaking"
  —The Atlantic
"The story of Linda carefully and entrancingly told"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "A heartbreaking portrait of Bishop, with haunting testimony from people who knew her"
  —Chicago Reader

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignancy, beauty, humor, and spirituality. Linda Bishop, a well-educated mother suffering from severe bipolar psychosis, was committed to the state's psychiatric hospital for three years before successfully fighting off her sister's protective attempts to be named her legal guardian. For nearly four months, she survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

At times touching, comedic, frustrating and heart-wrenching, God Knows Where I Am is the true story of just one of the thousands of disenfranchised homeless that live throughout North America. Investigative journalism and memoir rolled into one, this fascinating film illuminates a confounding mental illness.

Directed by Jedd Wider and Todd Wider, U.S.A., 2016, 102 mins. Winner of eight awards, including Best US Documentary Feature Film (American Documentary Film Festival), Special Jury Prize (Hot Docs) and Best Documentary Film (Maryland International Film Festival).


  • Fri., May 5 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., May 6 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., May 7 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 8–11 at 7 & 9 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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