ANN ARBOR, Mich.- Stacks of newspapers, piles of waste, weathered clothing and toys: this is the backdrop of the first scene in "My Mother's Garden"- an award-winning film that documents a 61-year-old woman's daily life as a hoarder. The documentary is filmed through the perspective of the woman's daughter (director Cynthia Lester), who is trying to save her mother from eviction and repair the family havoc created by her mother's condition.
"My Mother's Garden" will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Michigan Theatre, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan Depression Center will present the film in collaboration with the Washtenaw County Hoarding Task Force and the Children of Hoarders organization.
A discussion panel scheduled to immediately follow the film will include: Cynthia Lester, the film's director, Jim Abelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U-M Anxiety Disorders Clinic and professor of psychiatry at the U-M Medical School; Harriet Bakalar, MSW, the Elderly Eviction Prevention Coordinator at the U-M Health System's Housing Bureau for Seniors; Joe Himle, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and at the U-M School of Social Work; Stephanie Preston, Ph.D., a behavioral neuroscientist at U-M's Department of Psychology; and Elizabeth Nelson, a representative from the Children of Hoarders organization.