Moore and Nelson aims to dig deeper about why people are dying at an alarming rate and advocate for mental health awareness in the Black community
NEW YORK – August, 12 2014 – Living in Darkness. With the recent suicide of Robin Williams, filmmakers Squeaky Moore and Kenneth “KT” Nelson are asking people to take a stand against an issue that has become more prevalent not only in the African American community, specifically in males, but in every community! Their upcoming documentary, FACE OF DARKNESS, showcases mental health specialists Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, and Terrie Williams. The documentary deals with the rising suicide rates and depression in African American males.
Moore, and Nelson passionately ask the public to help spread the word about the documentary by posting the trailer to websites, social media and distributing to all who have an vested interest in creating a positive and open dialog about depression and suicide.
“We are attempting, raise awareness around the world about this illness and the stigmas associated with it,” said co-producer/director Nelson. "We want to give people who are suffering and their families a different perspective about suicide," said Squeaky Moore.
FACE OF DARKNESS documents the experience of depression affecting the African American community over the last decade, and even more, explores the growing epidemic of suicide amongst its male population. The film also minimizes the stigma, exposes the aftermath of when depression is not treated.
According to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, depression is an illness that affects more than 14 million Americans every year-black, white, young, and old. Despite these statistics, African Americans seek help for depression far less often than whites.
“As an African American male, I was taught that a man could not express his feelings and never to cry,” said Nelson. “There is a stigma in my community that prevents males from sharing emotions, hugging or admitting that we are afraid.”
As a filmmaker, Moore’s objective has always been to create bodies of work that explore current social issues and to produce socially conscious works that address issues and invoke discussion for the greater good and provide an outlet for issues that are plaguing the world.
“Recently, I learned that a very close relative of mine was having suicidal thoughts,” said Moore. “The last few weeks have been spent seeking the right mental health specialist for him, keeping my phone lines open for instant communication, sending scriptures, uplifting texts, worrying and yes, constant prayer. This is a much needed documentary to get people talking.”
You can view the film's promo here:
Face of Darkness - Journey to Healing Promo
For more info on the film, visit the Face of Darkness website: www.faceofdarknessdocumentary.com.
For more information, inquiries or interviews, contact directors, KT Nelson and Squeaky Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-920-1115.