The Medical Anthropology Film & Discussion Group explores the extent to which film can complement, enrich and further the study of medical anthropology themes, topics and methods. After watching selected clips, we discuss a film’s content and approach, and interrogate its capacity to support the analysis of issues relating to illness, crisis, health and wellbeing.
This term we focus on the theme of mental health.
Seishin – Mental (2008)
Directed by Kazuhiro Soda.
This is a cinema verité documentary which observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan. The film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental illness prevalent in Japanese society by capturing the lives of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, shame, apprehension, and fear of society.
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