Dark Side of the Full Moon

When Motherhood Meets Mental Health

The most shocking documentary about American motherhood that you’ll ever see.

Dark SideSaturday September 19, 2015

6:00 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:30 pm Community Panel

Saint Paul University, 223 Main St, Ottawa
Laframboise Hall, Room L120

“CHILLING and BRILLIANT. It’s time we started talking about maternal mental health complications for real and this film is the perfect way to open the conversation.” CHOICE! Film Festival 

From the website:

Dark Side of the Full Moon delves into the unseen world of maternal mental health in the U.S. It will uncover the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer, and treat the 1.3 million mothers affected each year, giving a face and voice to the countless women who have suffered in silence.

For more information on the film, please visit the Dark Side of the Full Moon website.

There is construction on Main Street in front of Saint Paul University. Only southbound traffic from before Saint Paul to Clegg Avenue – no northbound circulation. Please check your normal route on the City of Ottawa traffic website before coming on Saturday. The Saint Paul University website has suggested routes, as well.

Dark Side of the full Moon – Movie Trailer

Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:00pm

Pre-show by Susan Martensen, Postpartum and Birth doula, postnatal/parenting educator.

Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film

Susan Martensen


Susan Martensen has been involved in Birth and Postpartum for 25 years, in the both the Toronto and Ottawa regions. She has sat on many Birth and Newborn Care Committees to promote Family Centred Maternity Care. Susan facilitated the Halton Region VBAC and Cesarean Awareness support group for 7 years and currently facilitates the Postpartum Support Group at Mothercraft in Ottawa. Susan has been a DONA International Doula since 1993, as well as a Doula Program Mentor and past President. Her primary focus has always been to improve informed and respectful care for women and families in their childbearing years, fostering maximum self determination at all times. She has 3 amazing children and 2 mighty granddaughters (and an energetic Border Collie!)

Faustina Konkal

Faustina is many things. She is a wife and mother to three. She is a mature student pursuing a degree in Sociology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She works with new and expectant mothers at Milkface Nursingwear. She is a survivor of two bouts of Post Partum depression.

She knows the unique pain, loneliness and vulnerability of being a new mother, suddenly faced with the beautiful and terrible responsibility of a new life, yet forsaken by a brain that is no longer familiar or functioning in a predicable way.

Faustina counts among her closest family and loved ones individuals who struggle with a range of mental health issues ranging from Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome, and other anxiety and depressive conditions. Because of this family history, she believes in talking openly about mental illness and refuses to keep quiet about its realities and the ways in which it touches the lives of families.

Jennifer Walker

Jennifer resides in Ottawa and is a mother to two kids, ages 5 and 2. She owns her own business as an insurance broker, a career she was inspired to begin after recovering from a challenging battle with postpartum depression. Jennifer is a long-time mental health and disabilities advocate and volunteers her time for causes including Citizen Advocacy and the annual Climb Out of the Darkness fundraiser for Postpartum Progress.

Location of Screening

All screenings will be held at Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa.

Note that the preshow, film, and discussion panel with NOT be in our normal space at Saint Paul University. We will be hosting this film in Laframboise Hall, Room L120, which is the building just South of the main university building. When standing on Main Street, looking at the main entrance of the university, look to the right and enter the next building (Laframboise Hall) using the accessibility entrance (there is a ramp). You will enter by the large doors just to the right of the front (main) entrance. Room L120 is the former bookstore (librarie). We will be there to meet you.

Paid parking is still available in the Saint Paul lot, and there is limited street parking available, as well.

For information on the location of the screening, please click here.

This festival is completely volunteer run.  All proceeds will go to support local birth and breastfeeding groups.


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