Sur l’Adamant (On the Adamant)


ByTowne Cinema Fri, May 17 4:15 PM
ByTowne Cinema Mon, May 20 5:15 PM
ByTowne Cinema Tue, May 21 4:15 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2023
Production Country:France
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nicolas Philibert
Cast:Mamadi Barri
Walid Benziane
Sabine Berlière
Romain Bernardin
Jean-Paul Hazan


From nonfiction master Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have, In the Land of the Deaf) invites viewers to come aboard the Adamant and witness the transformational power of art and community.

The Adamant is a one-of-a-kind place: a floating refuge on the Seine River in the heart of Paris that offers day programs for adults with mental illnesses. Its attendees come from across the city and are offered care that grounds them in time and space, helping them achieve recovery and stability.

Through a blend of therapy, education, and culture rooted in music and the arts, the Adamant offers a hopeful vision of what a humanistic approach to mental health care could look like. The community on the boat is intentionally created so that both the staff and the people receiving care are treated with the same respect and dignity. Their meetings and conversations reveal the camaraderie and collective humanity of a group of people whose similarities far outweigh their differences.