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NCR: Not Criminally Responsible

An Official Selection of the 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, NCR: Not Criminally Responsible explores the complex issues surrounding mental illness and the mental disorder defence in Canadian law.

Cornwall, Ontario, 1999: A previously nonviolent young man named Sean Clifton savagely attacks “the prettiest woman he could see” outside of a shopping mall. Deemed to be suffering from a mental disorder, Clifton is found not criminally responsible and is confined to a forensic psychiatric facility. Twelve years later, he is on medication, doing exceptionally well, and living back in the community under supervision. Now he’s applying for a conditional discharge, and his victim is terrified he’ll stop taking his medication and find her again.

Four-time Emmy Award–winning director John Kastner (Life With Murder, Monster in the Family) gained unprecedented access to the doctors and police who investigated the crime, as well as to the victim and her parents, whose traumas remain real and palpable. With NCR, Kastner once again puts a human face on tragedy in the headlines, examining the mounting debate over victim rights and public safety, and the rights of the mentally ill who have committed an act of violence.



Director: John Kastner
Year: 2013
Runtime: 95 minutes
Country: Canada
Language: English
Distributor: NFB

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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