She discovered a 45-year-old Manhattan resident, R., who opened herself up for the camera — meltdowns and all — as she tried to navigate a condition that drove her to attempt suicide and cost her both a job and a lover.
Documentary ‘Borderline’ gives filmmaker, who has diagnosis herself, peace of mind
by Ethan Sacks
If the documentary “Borderline” seems like a deeply personal film, that’s because director Rebbie Ratner knows the subject matter all too well.
She’s been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) herself.
The film, which screens at the IFC Center on Friday, November 11 at 10:45 a.m. and Cinépolis Chelsea on Sunday, November 13 at 12:30 p.m. as part of the DOC NYC festival, is Ratner’s effort to destigmatize the condition.
“I had eating disorder problems, skin picking issues, obsessive compulsive issues,” recalled Ratner. “And they turned out to be a constellation of problems which seemed unrelated but were unified. When I got the Borderline diagnosis, I got the Holy Grail, the core of what was creating pain and suffering.”