Schering Stiftung


Manic VR

Manic VR
Photo: Kalina Bertin

Manic VR

Manic VR
Photo: Kalina Bertin

Manic VR

Manic VR
Photo: Kalina Bertin

Kalina Bertin

Kalina Bertin
Photo: Diana Le Nézet

Manic VR

A Virtual Journey through the Phases of Bipolar Disorder

Manic VR

A Virtual Journey through the Phases of Bipolar Disorder


March 11 – March 17, 2019

Opening hours:

Monday through Sunday, 1–7 p.m.
Free entrance


Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32–34
10117 Berlin

The VR project can be experienced only by one visitor at a time (duration about 15 min). As a result, there may be waiting times.
The presentation is in English.

Related events of interest:
March 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m., Psychiatric University Hospital of the Charité in St. Hedwig Hospital
Public lecture evening on bipolar disorders

Bipolar affectiv disorder is a serious mood disorder characterized by manic and depressive mood swings. The Canadian filmmaker Kalina Bertin has drawn on the illness of her sister Felicia and her brother François to develop a documentary film as well as a virtual reality project, which provides viewers with insights into the experiential world of those affected by the disorder. At the invitation of the Schering Stiftung, Kalina Bertin presents the virtual reality project at the Foundation’s Project Space.

Guided by Felicia’s and François’s voices, the visitors set out on a journey through the always same phases of bipolar disorder: mania, psychosis, and depression. They get an intimate insight into the constantly changing realities and states that are part of the typical symptoms of manic depression.

The multi-platform project “Manic” comprises feature-length documentary and the presented virtual reality project. For more information about the project and the award-winning documentary (available as “video on demand”), please visit:

Original title: Manic VR
Country: Canada
Year: 2018
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min
Technique: VR-Experience
Color: Colour
Director: Kalina Bertin
Producer: Sandra Rodriguez, EyeSteelFilm_Creative Reality, Dpt.
Concept: Kalina Bertin, Sandra Rodriguez, Fred Casia, Nicolas S. Roy (Dpt.)
Music: David Drury
Sound: David Drury, Cory Rizos
Coding: Josquin Zabka (Dpt.), Alexandre Bordereau (Dpt.), Paul Georges (Dpt.)
3D artist: Hugo Forget

Read more


Lecture — March 11, 2019

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by manic and depressive mood swings. What are the symptoms? What can modern-day psychotherapy achieve? And how can we better understand those affected?

Learn more


Trailer "Manic VR" by Kalina Bertin

Visit the media library


Manic VR Walkthrough

Visit the media library

Guests about Manic VR 

"I have been living with bipolar II and this film captured all my anxieties. Thank you for making this film."

"Manic is the most effective use of VR as a medium I’ve seen."

"Wow, as someone who has multiple family members who suffer from bipolar disorders this was a beautiful and deeply emotional experience. I can’t believe what you have been able to create! The audience really feels the highs and lows of the journey."


A cooperation of the Schering Stiftung, the Psychiatric University Hospital of the Charité in St. Hedwig Hospital and the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin on the occassion of the Brain Awareness Week Berlin 2019

Psychiatric University Hospital of the Charité in St. Hedwig Hospital
International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
Brain Awareness Week Berlin

About the filmmaker 

Kalina Bertin is a filmmaker based in Montreal. After completing her degree in film production at the Université du Québec à Montréal, she quickly realized that if she didn’t set out to understand the mental illness in her family it would destroy her. This process gave birth to her award-winning documentary film “Manic,” which explores the legacy of bipolar disorder in her family and had its world premiere in 2017. “Manic” has been acclaimed by audiences across the world, from the Moscow International Film Festival to the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival.
Aiming to build empathy and awareness toward bipolar disorder, Kalina then went on to direct “ManicVR,” a virtual reality experience which enables the viewer to explore the world of manic depression from within. Kalina is currently working on her next documentary film.



Contact & social networks

Schering Stiftung

Unter den Linden 32-34
10117 Berlin

Telefon: +49.30.20 62 29 62

Opening hours
Project space

Thursday to Monday: 1 pm - 7 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
free entrance

Follow us!

Follow us on our social media channels to find out the latest developments!

facebook Youtube Instagram