Last night I went to the Artis International Cinema (Vienna, 1010), a modern theater in the center of Vienna that shows films in English. I saw the film Joker, without knowing anything about it prior…was I in for a shock! It is definitely the disturbing reality of the dark side of living in the USA: lack of funding for mental health and gun control. We all know someone in either our family or friends dealing with mental health issues. Instead of keeping it hidden and ignored, we should unite to find a solution. My mom is a psychologist, and so these topics are brought up a lot. I remember her saying that around the same time the US government loosened gun laws is when they started cutting funding for mental health services. I hope the shock of this film (shocking because it’s the undeniable truth) will help change how mental health and gun control is treated in the US.