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film series: engaging race, difference, and otherness through film & dialogue

The ICP Task Force against Racism and Homophobia invites you to our Zoom Film Series: engaging race, difference, and otherness through film and dialogue.

Taking an in-depth look at race, difference, and otherness as well as our own practice of othering presents a challenge for contemporary psychoanalysis. These five films confront us with a view of the lives outside of white, heteronormative perspectives to offer us a focused discussion about what these films capture in us. We’ll watch all five films over Zoom, allowing us to come together and share our thoughts and reactions during the film. The moderated discussion that follows will focus our attention on specific themes from each film, creating space to share our individual experiences with each other.

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.


Discussion Facilitators:

Nat Newton, PhD, RPS is a cultural anthropologist and clinical research candidate at ICP. Her anthropological work has won three national awards, including a Fullbright for her work with Vietnamese lesbians and human rights in Saigon. She has lectured, taught and led community organizing efforts in Asian and Asian American communities at Yale University, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, Scripps College, and on Sanoili Kolhatar’s “Uprising” on KPFK Radio 90.7.

Carrie Atikune, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. In her practice, Carrie works primarily with young adults and people from BIPOC and LGBTQ communities and has a particular interest in the Asian American experience and working with Asian American patients.

Register

pricing

$30 per film

$125 discounted film series pass that includes all 5 films

There are no CE’s for this series.

All proceeds for the film series go to the ICP BIPOC scholarship fund. We ask you to consider contributing additionally to the Fund as a means for members of the BIPOC community to feel encouraged and financially able to become candidates at ICP.

A 5% service fee will be deducted from all refunds due to non-refundable Eventbrite charges accrued at the time of purchase.

details

All films will be viewed via Zoom followed by a moderated discussion.

No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

We strive for a discussion that is civil and respectful of all persons and points of view. Should any participant behave in a manner not supportive of these expectations, we will take appropriate measures and remove that participant if necessary.

CE Credit

The Film Series is not eligible for any CE Credits
No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Special Accommodations

Please submit any requests for Special Accommodations to the ICP Office prior to registering or at your earliest convenience to ensure that we are able to assist.

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A 5% service fee will be deducted from all refunds due to non-refundable Eventbrite charges accrued at the time of purchase.