New film ‘Let Me Have My Son’ shines light on mental illness


Bringing awareness to issues surrounding mental illness, giving support to families, and dispelling the stigma surrounding the disease, LET ME HAVE MY SON is now available as a Virtual Cinema Event.  The award-winning film was created by Writer/Director Cristóbal Krusen, founder of Messenger Films.

Let Me Have My Son is the heartwarming, hope-filled story of a father desperately seeking to be reunited with the son he has lost to mental illness. 

In the film, Ben Whitmore Sr. (Krusen) travels to Middlemouth Security Hospital after being informed that, after years of treatment, his son, Benny (Nathan Barlow) has recovered from schizophrenia. Instead of bringing Benny home, however, Ben Sr. discovers that he has disappeared, triggering the father’s increasingly desperate search for answers.

In an epilogue to the film, viewers get to experience a brief, emotional video of Cristóbal and his real-life son, Daniel, sharing family time together. 

The release of the film could not be timelier, as the National Institute of Mental Health reports that currently 1 out of 5 of our nation’s children now suffer from debilitating mental disorders. The word ‘schizophrenia’ itself means “a splitting of the mind”** , and according to the World Health Organization, over 21 million people worldwide struggle specifically with schizophrenia.  

Cristóbal shares, “My son was, and still is, the apple of my eye. While his disease has taken him away from us in many ways, we can still see the goodness of the Lord at work. I hope the book, and now the film, can give hope and encouragement to those facing issues of mental illness. I believe that  love completes what hope begins, and God’s gift of faith will carry us through life’s often arduous journey.”


Trailer and Tickets are available at

View a short video sharing Krusen’s heart and the story behind the project.

About Cristóbal Krusen:

Cristóbal Krusen was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, the third of four children. Cristóbal founded Messenger Films in 1988 and has worked as a writer/director of film and television ever since, helming productions in more than twenty countries. He is best known for Final Solution, More Than Dreams, Undaunted, Sabina K. and most recently, Let Me Have My Son . Over the last several years, Cristóbal has also begun fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a writer. He is the author of Undaunted, They Were Christians, and Let Me Have My Son.