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Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story (2019)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 31 May 2019 (USA)
In the world of professional sports, no American athlete ever came back from a mental health disorder - until Ron Artest, now known to the world as Metta World Peace.


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Kobe Bryant
Capone Capone
Havoc Havoc
Mark Kriegel Mark Kriegel
Lamar Odom
Metta World Peace ... (as Ron Artest)
Donnie Walsh Donnie Walsh


In the world of professional sports, no American athlete ever came back from a mental health disorder - until Ron Artest. The film shines a spotlight on the polarizing athlete who was at times feared and often misunderstood both on and off the basketball court and includes intimate interviews from the man now known as Metta World Peace, his former teammates, rivals, his loved ones and family. Written by SHOWTIME

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Riveting look into a devastating disease

We've been conditioned to look at the MSM narrative of troubling and/or 'thug' behavior through a cyclical lens, rather than the prism of mental illness- now that certainly doesn't excuse poor behavior, however when we start to realize that no matter the level of 'fame', income, socioeconomic situation, etc., and view the person as a person, rather than placing ridiculous expectations onto someone who is incapable of living up to said expectations, we might begin to see those struggling be able to seek out help, and grow into their capabilities. Ron Artest is a perfect study of the effects of the psyche being directly related to a world view that's self-destructive, self-loathing and completely destroys any future their talents may escalate them to. This man's struggles and his subsequent rise to success are the epitome of the absolute power to overcome inner demons and become the person you are meant to be. I'm a Bulls fan by nature, but having watched Artest from his St Johns days, I've never been so happy to see someone win a championship as I have when he finally was able to see that psychological and psychiatric help CAN work, and does work, if you're willing to put the work into it. Thanking his psychiatrist and psychologist was the epitome of seeing someone finally being happy in the skin he's in, he acknowledged his failures regarding the Pacers, because he realized he made poor choices, and was able to rise above. I'm so pleased with this documentary and the raw truth this lays open- mental illness affects many people, and it's up to us to try to understand and extend some empathy for others, rather than castigate someone for behavior we know nothing about, other than the short sound byte the media wishes to drive- pushing a false narrative that only pushes others into a deeper hole. It's not hard to root for his continued success, and this film is a wonderful example of having courage to talk about this still stigmatized illness and I will be recommending this to others enthusiastically. Well done. Continued success to Mr Artest, and I'm happy to see him not only thriving but genuinely happy.

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