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Immanuel to host free 'Angst' screening.

Byline: Submitted by Immanuel-Batavia

IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its nonprofit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its new documentary, "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety."

On Sunday, April 28, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Batavia will hold a special screening of the documentary at their campus to open a dialogue among local families, community leaders and experts.

It will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by a panel discussion led by professionals from local agencies, including TriCity Family Services and Suicide Prevention Services of America.

Free tickets are now available at

Space is limited. The screening will be at 6:30 p.m. at Immanuel, 950 Hart Road.

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they use the power of film to tell the stories of kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they've found solutions and hope.

The film also includes an interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety.

and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources, and tools available to address the condition.

While "Angst" documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future. Noah, a teenager in the film, describes it this way: "Anxiety doesn't define me. It's not just a curse; it also gives me strength."

"Everybody needs to know that anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable instead of viewing them as a personal choice or something to be ashamed of," said Dr. Jerry Bubrick, senior director of Anxiety Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute.

"Getting help early is crucial in giving people the tools they need to feel better. We just need to start the conversation."

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age 7 being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of "Angst" has a personal experience with anxiety -- from the producers to the interviewees.

"The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me," said Michael Phelps. "Many people don't understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it.

"I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of 'Angst' to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help."

"Angst" screens in schools and communities across the world. To book a screening of "Angst" in your community, find a screening or learn more, visit

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Apr 26, 2019
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