Film on prescription – a savior in adversities?

By on September 25, 2016

Stockholm’s film festival STOCKmotion is back for the third year at the Film House on September 29 to October 1, and in addition to screenings we also have a packed program of seminars with current topics. Among other things, the festival highlight how film and our mood can interact in a positive way.

According to the Social Insurance Agency‘s mental illness is the most common cause of sick leave in Sweden. Despite this, many dare not share their problems or seek help. But as to the moving image has become more accessible has also stories that depict our inner lives become more. In a two-part seminar STOCKmotion lifts up how those stories might be a way out of mental health problems, both for the individual filmmaker and the audience.
Part 1: Film as a therapy – that makes the filmmakers
We see more and more filmmakers who use the film as a way to manage their own illness, and we will meet the two directors who are current with films on the theme. Gestalt therapist Ann Eberstein meet directors Ahang Bashi (Skörheten, shown at the cinema) and Moa Junström (Psyket !, shown on STOCKmotion ) both chosen to make films about their innermost darkness filled with depression and panic disorder. If their work is mainly focused on self-therapy or films can act therapeutically and help others? There will be a call for self-insight, courage, artistic integrity and the way back to the light.
Part 2: Movie Therapy method – so says the research
What happens in the viewer’s brain during movie viewing? What do we react jointly to the film, regardless of gender or age? Why is a film well right for you? In the second part of the seminar, we meet Ursula S. Henningsson who is a neuropsychologist and film experts. She has worked in various psychiatric clinics with movie therapy method, but is currently responsible for the Movie Therapy Centre in Malmö. Ursula here presents her research on film and the brain in a speech filled with movie clips and exciting discoveries. To conclude talks Ursula and Ann Eberstein on the latest research results and the prospects of using the film in various therapeutic situations.
Among the seminars are also A new country – how the film can open doors. How is it to be a filmmaker in the beginning of their career, if you moved to an unknown country and had to restart their lives? How can the film be used to overcome language barriers, connect people and open doors that would otherwise remain closed to newcomers? Listen to Ghieth Derhally, Haifa Omar and Joanna Cielatkowska like all is passionate about film, about how they variously found ways for their passion in the new country, Sweden. In the conversation will also participate Emma Gray Munthe, director of the film circle at International Acquaintanceships and Elin Eriksson and David Aronowitsch who talk about their project Noncitizen and filmmakers in exile.

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