Cinemas of Therapeutic Activism

Cinemas of Therapeutic Activism

Cinemas of Therapeutic Activism turns to the work contemporary filmmakers who express a shared concern for mental health under global capitalism to explore how else depression can be perceived.

Author: Adam Szymanski

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789048550319

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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The hegemonic meaning of depression as a universal mental illness embodied by an individualized subject is propped up by psychiatry's clinical gaze. Cinemas of Therapeutic Activism turns to the work contemporary filmmakers who express a shared concern for mental health under global capitalism to explore how else depression can be perceived. In taking their critical visions as intercessors for thought, Adam Szymanski proposes a thoroughly relational understanding of depression attentive to eventful, collective and contingent qualities of subjectivity. What emerges is a melancholy aesthetics attuned to the existential contours and political stakes of health. Cinemas of Therapeutic Activism adventurously builds affinities across the lines of national, linguistic and cultural difference. The films of Angela Schanelec, Kelly Reichardt, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Kanakan Balintagos are grouped together for the first time, constituting a polystylistic common front of artist-physicians who live, work, and create on the belief that life can be more liveable.
Categories: Performing Arts



His second book, Wild Experiment: Feeling Science and Secularism after Darwin Cinemas of Therapeutic Activism: Depression and the Politics of Existence. ---She Does The City and Edit Seven Vibe Tribe Wellness queer, and trans literature ...

Author: Gregory J. Seigworth

Publisher: Capacious Journal

ISBN: 9798351628349

Category: Social Science

Page: 223

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Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry is an open access, peer-reviewed international journal. The principal aim of Capacious is to ‘make room’ for a wide diversity of approaches and emerging voices to engage with ongoing conversations in and around affect studies. Capacious endeavours to promote diverse bloom-spaces for affect’s study over the dulling hum of any specific orthodoxy. Introduction by Jennifer Duggan & Libe García Zarranz and afterword by Claire Fitch. Essays by Gary Levy, Hilary Thurston, Ruxandra M. Gheorghe, Rowan Melling, and Lee Mandelo. Book reviews by Adam Szymanski, Johnny Gainer, and Alican Koc. Interstices (short visual and textual interventions) by Dana Luciano, Gail Boldt, and Parvinder Mehta. With an intervention by Donovan O. Schaefer.
Categories: Social Science

Knowledges Practices and Activism from Feminist Epistemologies

Knowledges  Practices and Activism from Feminist Epistemologies

This method of cinematographic production, social cinema 3.0, has been designated by many names. ... an audiovisual work starting from the bases of social cinema 3.0 and following a therapeutic framework. The therapeutic setting is ...

Author: Eulalia Pérez Sedeño

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622737048

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Science, Technology and Gender studies (STG) include the different approaches to feminist epistemologies, their current debates and also the theoretical analysis of different scientific controversies around cases that involve women's bodies and health, sex/gender, and techno-scientific practices. These studies are linked to the demand for another type of hybrid knowledge that revalorizes the practices, the embodied experience and care, as well as the subject positions traditionally excluded from the scientific community. The diversity of voices has allowed a plural knowledge in techno-scientific practices to emerge as well as the identification of gender, class, sexuality, race, functional diversity inequalities, for example. This has made possible a bioethical reflection which is not understood as abstract normative principles but linked to the practices and lived experience. Divided into three parts, this edited volume presents original and insightful research on STG from feminist epistemologies. The first part addresses fundamental theoretical questions that feminist epistemologies raise; and how they confront complex social problems, such as gender-based violence. The second part deals with research practices or processes, explicitly showing the relationship between science and policy. Finally, the third part presents some case studies that show the multidimensionality of the problems and the depth and richness of these analyses. The contributions included in the volume present original and in-depth research on local case studies within Spain. Not only challenging the hegemonic and global perspectives on different issues, this volume also opens up and enables discussion of these global narratives. This edited volume is a useful tool for researchers and university students in multiple fields such as gender studies, feminist epistemologies, STS, cultural history or transgender studies.
Categories: Social Science

Lesbianism Cinema Space

Lesbianism  Cinema  Space

On theformsof lesbian public spacecreated throughhealth centers, political activism, therapeutic networks, and performance venues, see Yvonne Retter, “Lesbian Spaces in LosAngeles, 1970–1990,”in Queers in Space, 325–337.

Author: Lee Wallace

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135850517

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

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In this cutting edge volume, Wallace identifies a unique trend in post-Production Code films that deal with lesbian content: stories of lesbianism invariably engage with an apartment setting, a spatial motif not typically associated with lesbian history or cultural representation. Through the formal analysis of five lesbian apartment films, Wallace demonstrates how the standard repertoire of visual techniques and spatial devices (the elements of mise-en-scène, favoured locations and sets, classical systems of editing, and the implied story world itself) are used to scaffold female sexual visibility. With its sustained focus on the filmic syntax surrounding lesbian representation on screen in the post-Production Code era, the book comprises an original contribution to queer film studies. In addition, Wallace also deploys its discussion of lesbianism and cinematic space to critique a number of tendencies in contemporary social theory, particularly the theoretical identification of public sex cultures as the basis for a queer counterpublic sphere.
Categories: Social Science

Trauma Cinema

Trauma Cinema

At the same time that they seek to redress the crime of childhood sexual abuse through social and legal activism and appropriate therapeutic procedures that rely on women's testimony about past events, they must also stem the ...

Author: Janet Walker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520241756

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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'Trauma Cinema' focuses on a new breed of documentary films that adopt catastrophe as their subject matter & trauma as their aesthetic. Walker uses incest & the Holocaust as a double thematic focus & fiction films as a point of comparison.
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Rx Hollywood

Rx Hollywood

Cinema and Therapy in the 1960s Michael DeAngelis ... became less authoritarian, more self-critical, and less liable to dictate prescriptive roles for women, with . . . changes occurring in an atmosphere of political activism, ...

Author: Michael DeAngelis

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9781438468532

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 238

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How films of the 1960s and early 1970s framed therapeutic issues as problems of human communication, and individual psychological problems as social ones. Rx Hollywood investigates how therapy surfaced in the themes, representations, and narrative strategies of a changing film industry. In the 1960s and early 1970s, American cinema was struggling to address adult audiences who were increasingly demanding films that confronted contemporary issues. Focusing upon five fields of therapeutic inquiry—therapist/patient dynamics, female “frigidity” and male impotence, marital discord, hallucinogenic drug use, and the dynamics of confession—Michael DeAngelis argues that the films of this period reveal an emergent, common tendency of therapy to work toward the formation of a stronger sense of interpersonal, community/social, and political engagement, counteracting alienation and social division in the spirit of connection and community. Prior to the 1960s, therapy had been considered an introspective process, one that emphasized contemplation and insight and prompted the patient to investigate memories and past traumas. In the 1960s, however, therapy would move toward more humanistic, client-centered, community, group, and encounter models that deemphasized the “there and then” of past feelings and experiences and embraced the “here and now” of the present. These kinds of therapy promised to heal the self through a process of reaching out, helping individuals to connect with communities, support networks, and other like-minded individuals who shared a needed sense of belonging. Drawing on a wide range of films, including Marnie, The Boston Strangler, The Chapman Report, Carnal Knowledge, Divorce American Style, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and Five Easy Pieces, DeAngelis shows how American culture framed therapeutic issues as problems of human communication, developing treatment strategies that addressed individual psychological problems as social problems. Michael DeAngelis is Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies at DePaul University. He is the editor of Reading the Bromance: Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television and the author of Gay Fandom and Crossover Stardom: James Dean, Mel Gibson, and Keanu Reeves.
Categories: Performing Arts

Mafia Movies

Mafia Movies

She positions the film as an example of trauma cinema that 'enacts a therapeutic function' and calls for a civil society founded on social justice and anti-mafia activism. With the documentary La mafia è bianca (The Mafia Is White), ...

Author: Dana Renga

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487520137

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 459

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The mafia has always fascinated filmmakers and television producers. Al Capone, Salvatore Giuliano, Lucky Luciano, Ciro Di Marzio, Roberto Saviano, Don Vito and Michael Corleone, and Tony Soprano are some of the historical and fictional figures that contribute to the myth of the Italian and Italian-American mafias perpetuated onscreen. This collection looks at mafia movies and television over time and across cultures, from the early classics to the Godfather trilogy and contemporary Italian films and television series. The only comprehensive collection of its type, Mafia Movies treats over fifty films and TV shows created since 1906, while introducing Italian and Italian-American mafia history and culture. The second edition includes new original essays on essential films and TV shows that have emerged since the publication of the first edition, such as Boardwalk Empire and Mob Wives, as well as a new roundtable section on Italy's "other" mafias in film and television, written as a collaborative essay by more than ten scholars. The edition also introduces a new section called "Double Takes" that elaborates on some of the most popular mafia films and TV shows (e.g. The Godfather and The Sopranos) organized around themes such as adaptation, gender and politics, urban spaces, and performance and stardom.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism

... as cinema, theatre, painting and, in the case of this ethnography, also ceramics, are used both to narrate experience – to show political alignment within an 'ideological battle' between disability and culture, between therapeutic ...

Author: Maria Berghs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351165068

Category: Political Science

Page: 512

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The onslaught of neoliberalism, austerity measures and cuts, impact of climate change, protracted conflicts and ongoing refugee crisis, rise of far right and populist movements have all negatively impacted on disability. Yet, disabled people and their allies are fighting back and we urgently need to understand how, where and what they are doing, what they feel their challenges are and what their future needs will be. This comprehensive handbook emphasizes the importance of everyday disability activism and how activists across the world bring together a wide range of activism tactics and strategies. It also challenges the activist movements, transnational and emancipatory politics, as well as providing future directions for disability activism. With contributions from senior and emerging disability activists, academics, students and practitioners from around the globe, this handbook covers the following broad themes: • Contextualising disability activism in global activism • Neoliberalism and austerity in the global North • Rights, embodied resistance and disability activism • Belonging, identity and values: how to create diverse coalitions for rights • Reclaiming social positions, places and spaces • Social media, support and activism • Campus activism in higher education • Inclusive pedagogies, evidence and activist practices • Enabling human rights and policy • Challenges facing disability activism The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism provides disability activists, students, academics, practitioners, development partners and policy makers with an authoritative framework for disability activism.
Categories: Political Science

Women s Cinema World Cinema

Women   s Cinema  World Cinema

The women's center sequences foreground a therapeutic scenario: the social worker says that in her experience ... Feminist activists have successfully intervened in the realms of international law around the issue of rape as a war crime ...

Author: Patricia White

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822376019

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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In Women’s Cinema, World Cinema, Patricia White explores the dynamic intersection of feminism and film in the twenty-first century by highlighting the work of a new generation of women directors from around the world: Samira and Hana Makhmalbaf, Nadine Labaki, Zero Chou, Jasmila Zbanic, and Claudia Llosa, among others. The emergence of a globalized network of film festivals has enabled these young directors to make and circulate films that are changing the aesthetics and politics of art house cinema and challenging feminist genealogies. Extending formal analysis to the production and reception contexts of a variety of feature films, White explores how women filmmakers are both implicated in and critique gendered concepts of authorship, taste, genre, national identity, and human rights. Women’s Cinema, World Cinema revitalizes feminist film studies as it argues for an alternative vision of global media culture.
Categories: Performing Arts

German Cinema Terror and Trauma

German Cinema   Terror and Trauma

... and when trauma, rather than tending towards a therapeutic “working through” for the victim, retains its ethical ... around victimhood and group victimization as powerful subjecteffects and enablers of various forms of activism.

Author: Thomas Elsaesser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134627646

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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In German Cinema – Terror and Trauma Since 1945, Thomas Elsaesser reevaluates the meaning of the Holocaust for postwar German films and culture, while offering a reconsideration of trauma theory today. Elsaesser argues that Germany's attempts at "mastering the past" can be seen as both a failure and an achievement, making it appropriate to speak of an ongoing 'guilt management' that includes not only Germany, but Europe as a whole. In a series of case studies, which consider the work of Konrad Wolf, Alexander Kluge, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Herbert Achterbusch and Harun Farocki, as well as films made in the new century, Elsaesser tracks the different ways the Holocaust is present in German cinema from the 1950s onwards, even when it is absent, or referenced in oblique and hyperbolic ways. Its most emphatically "absent presence" might turn out to be the compulsive afterlife of the Red Army Faction, whose acts of terror in the 1970s were a response to—as well as a reminder of—Nazism’s hold on the national imaginary. Since the end of the Cold War and 9/11, the terms of the debate around terror and trauma have shifted also in Germany, where generational memory now distributes the roles of historical agency and accountability differently. Against the background of universalized victimhood, a cinema of commemoration has, if anything, confirmed the violence that the past continues to exert on the present, in the form of missed encounters, retroactive incidents, unintended slippages and uncanny parallels, which Elsaesser—reviving the full meaning of Freud’s Fehlleistung—calls the parapractic performativity of cultural memory.
Categories: Performing Arts