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About the Movie
Convinced that prescription drugs can cure his mental disorder, a neighborhood eccentric (Gbenga Akinnagbe) ventures out of Brooklyn's housing projects to escape his controlling mother (Alfre Woodard) and to find the one doctor who he believes can treat him.
I thought it was very eye opening. The dynamic between the two main characters had me biting my nails.
A rare gem
A film about family, brotherhood, and hope. But even more than that, a film that touches upon the members of our community who are often the most invisible, those struggling with mental illness, and do so with humanity and compassion. Alfre Woodard is amazing as always, and star Gbenga Akinnagbe is mesmerizing in the lead role. A rare gem.
The right movie and the right time
At times we all struggle with mental health issues and personally I believe that mental health and food access our the social justice issues of our time. I just lsitened to an NPR segment this morning on inmates transitioning back into society that are wrestling with the need for medical support but unable to access health care so I find this movie very timely. At a time when I was wrestling with a few demons of my own I was fortunate to stumble upon a theater showing of "Knucklehead" and the screenplays humanization and compassion deeply touched my heart. You gotta love Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe... I am always impressed and inspired when actors of their stature take on a project for the sake of the art form. I'm guessing they fell for the story and appreciated the freedom an indie film allows an actor to work their craft. Highly recommend watching this film for yourself and/or sharing it with family, loved ones, anyone who as been touched by real life mental health struggles. Thanks to the film makers for embracing the topic.