Cinetopia to feature mental institution film

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Clark County — A "troubling but inspirational" movie will draw attention to the problem of people who disappear into mental institutions.

The nonprofit Arc of Southwest Washington and movie theater Cinetopia are teaming up for a free showing of "Where's Molly?" The documentary was made by Jeff Daly, a TV producer who lived the story.

When Daly was six, his 3-year-old sister was sent away from the family's Astoria home to live in an Oregon institution for the "feeble-minded"; he searched for her for nearly a half-century before tracking her down.

"Where's Molly?" chronicles the challenges Daly overcame to reunite with Molly and make her part of his family. His efforts led to changes in Oregon law, making it easier for family members to find relatives who were institutionalized.

Cinetopia has donated its screen for this free showing in honor of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. It's set for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, at 11700 SE 7th St. in Vancouver. For more information, contact The Arc at 360-254-1562.

An Arc truck will be at the event for anyone who wishes to make a donation of clothing or other used goods for thrift-store resale, to benefit the Arc.