Director: Olga Lvoff / U.S.A. 2019

Production: Victor Ilyukhin: Diplodocus Films

Category: Society, Health

Language: English.

Subtitles: English

Length: 53/70 minutes

“Busy Inside” delves deeply into Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. A respected therapist specializing in the condition’s treatment, and her patients, confront past trauma and embrace their different personalities.

“Busy Inside” tells the true story of Karen and Marshay, two women with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Karen Marshall is a respected therapist who treats patients with DID, the condition of having multiple personalities often resulting from child abuse. Among her patients is Marshay, a biracial musician, who sometimes struggles to believe that she really has DID. The film works to return dignity to those with DID and bring better understanding of it through an honest portrayal of people who live with it every day and giving audiences a direct window into their inner world.

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Festivals & Awards:

  • DOC NYC Film Festival, U.S.A. 2019
  • Hamptons Doc Fest, U.S.A. 2019
  • BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, U.K. 2020
  • Moscow International Film Festival, Russia 2019
  • Audience Award for Best Feature Film: Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, U.S.A. 2019

Director's statement:
The desire to make a difference by telling the stories of trauma survivors and fascination with the incredible capacities of human mind to withstand negative experience is the reason why I became a filmmaker. We want to return dignity to those with DID and have society empathize with them. We believe that film is a perfect medium for achieving this goal because it is best at giving people with DID a voice. It is through a personal and intimate documentary that we want to share Karen and Marshay’s living experience with the viewer.

Movie Reviews:
* « The new film shows the challenges involved in learning to live with the disorder. » A Documentary Explores Dissociative Identity Disorder / Jane E. Brody / The New York Times
* « The film shows both Marshall and her patients in professional and personal settings, providing us with an intimate look into the daily lives of people experiencing this disorder. » Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Therapist's Own Experience / Robert T Muller / Psychology Today