God Knows Where I Am

(Rochester, NY) – God Knows Where I Am tells the story of Linda Bishop, a well-educated New Hampshire mother diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder with psychosis, who was intermittently incarcerated and homeless. Her body was found on May 3, 2008 in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, beauty, humor, and spirituality. God Knows Where I Am premieres Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The two-hour documentary traces the events leading up to Bishop’s hospitalization and investigates the final months of her life following her discharge. Family members began to notice a drastic change in Bishop’s behavior beginning in 1999, after leaving her job at a restaurant in Rochester, New Hampshire, because she believed she was being followed by the Chinese mafia. Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Through interviews with family, friends, medical and legal professionals involved with Bishop’s case, as well as readings from Bishop’s journal entries by Golden Globe-winning actress Lori Singer (Footloose, Short Cuts), these intimate accounts of Bishop’s experience raise questions about society’s treatment of people with mental health conditions and those who are displaced, exposing systemic failures to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Following the documentary’s premiere, PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor and Amanpour and Company contributor Hari Sreenivasan hosts a panel discussion with filmmakers Todd and Jedd Wider, as well as psychiatrist and former president of the American Psychiatric Association Carol Bernstein about mental illness, homelessness and other issues raised in the film.

Photo caption: Apples on the table of the abandoned farmhouse
Photo credit: Courtesy of Wider Film Projects

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