What if you’re addicted to your own fantasy? The Daydreamers takes a closer look at the phenomenon of ‘Maladaptive Daydreaming’ – a psychological term coined by Prof. Dr. Eli Somer, which is characterised by extensive fantasy activity, so much so that it replaces human interaction and impairs real-life functioning.
This is the first ever documentary to touch upon this largely unknown condition, which affects hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide. Protagonists Agatha and Jessica meet Eli Somer for the first time on-camera, sharing their experiences of living with maladaptive daydreaming with him.
Having never publicly talked about their condition, seeing their testimonies on camera provides a moving account of what it’s like to live a life cut off from reality.
CREDITS Director: Thomas Renckens Producer: Said Englund Cinematographer: Twan Peeters Editor: Ed Coltman Sound Designer: Yin Lee Composer: Natalia Tsupryk Colourist: Michael Pearce Sound Recordist: Griff Miles Production Manager: Vigdis Maack Assistant Camera: Lou Macnamara & Romyn Sharma Title Designer: Yon Matauko