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Any Given Day

With filmmaker Margaret Byrne in person

Thursday, October 26, 2023
Annie May Swift Hall (AMS), Northwestern Evanston campus
6:00 pm – reception, AMS 109
6:30 pm – screening and discussion with filmmaker Margaret Byrne, AMS auditorium


In Chicago, the Cook County Jail has become a default treatment center for people living with mental illness. In the award-winning documentary Any Given Day (2021, 93 min), Chicago filmmaker Margaret Byrne follows three defendants as they participate in a specialized mental health court program. While sharing their rarely seen struggles, Margaret faces her own mental health challenges, making clear just how precarious the ties between people with mental illness, their families, and society can be.

“It’s the first-person perspective from someone living with mental illness that makes Any Given Day feel unique in the sea of documentaries made on the subject, and it offers an engaging glimpse into the experience of living with mental illness and addiction.” –  John Corrado, One Movie, Our Views


This event is free and open to the public. Parking on campus is free after 4 p.m.

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