Film 1: Racially Charged (America’s Misdemeanor Problem)
Sunday, November 20, 2022, 6-9:30pm PST
Misdemeanors play a major role in the perpetuation of racial and economic injustice, and yet most of us are unaware of the history, scale, and impact of being charged with these ‘minor’ offenses. This powerful documentary unpacks the issues clearly and emphatically – with shocking data brought to life with personal stories.
Discussion to be facilitated by Debra J. Myers, MD, PsyD
Dr. Myers (https://debramyersmd.com) is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She has a private practice of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in West Los Angeles and serves adults and adolescents. During her psychoanalytic training, she spent five years as a volunteer telephone counselor at the Didi Hirsch Suicide Crisis Line and two years as an intern-therapist at the Valley Community Clinic, a facility for the underserved. She is co-teaching the Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Power and Privilege in the four-year course.
Film 2: Transhood
Sunday, January 8, 2023, 6-9:30pm PST
Filmed over five years in Kansas City, this documentary follows four kids – beginning at ages 4, 7, 12, and 15 – as they redefine “coming of age.” These kids and their families reveal intimate realities of how gender is reshaping the family next door in a never-before-told chronicling of growing up transgender in the heartland. The film is a nuanced examination of how families tussle, transform and sometimes find unexpected purpose in their identities as transgender families. Lighthearted and deeply moving, this story teaches us something new about being human.
Film 3: Harvest of Empire
Sunday, January 22, 2023 6-9:30pm PST
The Untold Story of Latinos in America – a feature-length documentary that reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.
Film 4: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Sunday, March 5, 2023 6-9:30pm PST
Considered a landmark in Asian American cinema, The New York Times calls Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) “a bittersweet domestic drama, a marital comedy, a story of immigrant striving, and a hurt-filled ballad of mother-daughter love.” Michelle Yeoh, whose fame rose in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, plays a Chinese American and immigrant mother and owner of a run-down laundromat who the IRS is auditing while she attempts to divorce her husband. Every decision she makes enters her into parallel universes of possibilities in this cross-genre film that mashes up absurdist science fiction, comedy, animation, and martial arts. Rolling Stone Magazine calls Yeoh’s performance a kind of “dramatic gravitas of a woman held down by her unmet potential.” Themes to be discussed include the existential quandary of individual choice vis-a-vis absurdism of chaos, systems of race, capital, and governmentality, and what the Washington Post calls Asian-pessimism, a take on Afro-pessimism, “which holds that Black lives are endlessly inflected and informed by anti-Black animosity and experiences of pain and loss.” How these themes play out differently for Asian Americans in contemporary settings and how psychoanalysis might examine unconscious dynamics of self, family, and society will be discussed.
Film 5: Divided We Fall
Sunday, April 23, 2023 6-9:30pm PDT
Divided We Fall is a critically acclaimed documentary film on hate crimes in the aftermath of 9/11. Told through the stories of Sikh Americans, the film offers vital historical context to the current crisis of hate and nationalism in the U.S. — and how we can change it through the ethic of Revolutionary Love.