Justice for Seni: A Public Campaign Against Racism in Psychiatric Units

‘RIP SENI’ (UK, 2021) Daisy Ifama, and Lizzie Reid film directors in conversation with Khalid Ali, film, and media correspondent ‘RIP SENI’ world premiere at the Sheffield Doc / Fest 6th June 2021, https://sheffdocfest.com/film/rip-seni   On the 24th of June 2020, a graffiti reading ‘RIP SENI’ appeared on a public artwork outside Bethlem Royal Hospital, […]

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Remembering Lives

‘The Forgotten C’ (UK, 2020) produced and co-written by Jessi Gutch, directed by Molly Manning Walker, is available to stream free from 10am BST 24 September on The Uncertain Kingdom YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdK4RoVAJx94Ni_2zG5HVnQ Film Review by Khalid Ali, film, and media correspondent The impact of COVID-19 on cancer patients has been substantial; most cancer screening […]

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Their theatre: stories of redemption, hope, and reform

Zeina Daccache, a Lebanese film maker, discusses her strategic reform campaign in Lebanese prisons and lobbying for other disadvantaged populations Interview by Khalid Ali, film, and media correspondent Zeina Daccache has been advocating for marginalized groups in Lebanese prisons since 2006. Her calling followed the realisation that ‘mainstream theatre’ excludes and marginalises further society’s outcasts. […]

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The Best of Intentions

Film Review by Professor Robert Abrams, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine ‘Papa’, directed by Natalie Labarre (2016, USA) Papa is a bright, fast-moving animation, delightful to watch, but in just over 6 minutes more complex and nuanced than one realizes at first. The film is an autobiographical take by the director Natalie […]

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Beyond Remedy

Film Review by Professor Robert Abrams, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York. Review of Skin (2018), directed by Guy Nattiv, USA. “You have to be taught …to hate and fear…before you are six or seven or eight …you have to be carefully taught” Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II for the musical ‘South Pacific’ (1958).[1] These wise, […]

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A Parable for Our Times

Film Review by Professor Robert Abrams, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York ‘Daughter’ (Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic, 2019) “Daughter” was the 2019 winner of the “Student Oscar” for the best animated film created by a student from an international school, an award bestowed by the U.S. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. “Daughter” has a […]

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“The Eyes of Others Are Our Prisons; Their Thoughts our Cages” (Virginia Woolf)

Film Review by Franco Ferrarini, gastroenterologist and film reviewer ‘Prisoners’ directed by Denis Villeneuve (USA, 2013) Warning: the review contains plot spoliers! Villeneuve’s film, as clearly stated by its title, deals with the theme of captivity, not just physical but also, and perhaps mainly, psychological incarceration. ‘Prisoners’ is not just a compelling thriller with beautiful […]

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‘Born to be’ (Tania Cypriano, USA, 2019)

Film Review by Keerthi Gondy, B.S., a fourth-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mi. Born to Be is Tania Cypriano’s remarkably moving documentary about New York’s Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, where for the first time, transgender patients have access to transition-related health and surgical care. […]

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Medfest 2020

Announcement by Kirpal Sadheura, CT2 Psychiatry and MedFest 2020 Lead MedFest is an international medical film festival aiming to investigate and explore themes in medicine through the medium of film. It has been running for over 10 years, as an annual event, screening at Universities in the UK and around the world from April 2020. […]

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Laila Eloui, Iconic Egyptian Actress, Reflects on Womanhood, Film and Social Responsibility

Interview by Dr Khalid Ali, Film and Media Correspondent Laila Eloui has earned her iconic status and popularity in the Egyptian and Arab film industry as one of the most versatile actresses of her generation. Having started as a child performer in radio programs at the age of 7 years, she made a successful transition […]

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