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Orchestrating Change: JFCS Hosts a Film Screening to Fight the Stigma of Mental Health Disorders

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is hosting a unique film screening and panel discussion at The Loft Cinema on March 5, 2023, at 2pm. The film, Orchestrating Change, tells the inspiring story of Me2/ Orchestra.

The conductor of the orchestra, Ronald Braunstein, was on the trajectory to becoming one of the world’s leading conductors until he made his diagnosis of bipolar disorder public and was shunned by the classical music community. He decided to create an orchestra for people like him with the mission of erasing mental health stigma one concert at a time. The film follows Braunstein and several of the musicians for two years — capturing their setbacks and their accomplishments. The film culminates in a joyous concert at a major venue. It is a triumph for Braunstein, who thought he might never conduct again, the musicians, and the audience, whose perspective on mental illness is forever changed.

Following the screening, JFCS’s VP of Clinical Services, Melissa Zimmerman, will join a panel from the film to answer audience questions and facilitate a discussion about mental health.

To get tickets, click here.

To find out more about the film visit the Orchestrating Change website.

The film screening is generously sponsored by Banner University Family Care.