The Sleep Room (1998)
Criterion Films / VEC
Experiments carred out on persons with psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder; post-partum depression, etc., who went to the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal seeking treatment. The experiments included massive electroshock therapy, drug injections, chemically-induced comas that destroyed their memories. The CIA and the Canadian government both supported this experimentation. The experiments began in 1955 and continued for 9 years. Survivors sued the CIA in 1988, but the Canadian government refused to release its records that tied the CIA to the Allen Memorial Institute. The trial ended and the survivors received an out-of-court financial settlement. The two-volume documentary produced by the CBC was inspired by Anne Collins 1988 book, In the Sleep Room.
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