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COURSE THREE – Cinema and Psychoanalysis – DAZED AND CONFUSED: Film reflections of children in today’s world

COURSE THREE - Cinema and Psychoanalysis - DAZED AND CONFUSED: Film reflections of children in today’s world

Course Coordinator: Julio Szmuilowicz

Seminar Leaders: see below

Friday, 7:30 pm (sharp) – 10:00 pm: October 25, November 29, 2019; January 31, February 28, March 27, April 24, May 29, 2020 (7 evenings)

Fees: $420

Registration Deadline: October 7, 2019
Preregistration is required.

Registration limited to 50 participants.

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.
Carl Sandburg

Much has been written about how the values of the society in a given period reflect the way in which children are brought up and about how earlier development is a harbinger about the way adults will behave, just as Mandela and Douglas have so eloquently declared.

Some commentators believe that we live in a time of the fastest and most radical change in parenting values and philosophies. This has never been more poignantly true than in the Trump era, where dark is light and light is dark. Comparing the decades of, “Father (and parents) knows best”, to the “Let it all hang out” era where parents encouraged their children’s independence above all, almost without regard to consequences, giving way to “ME generation” where kids could not be guided let alone criticized or corrected. We then arrive to this century where “Helicopter parenting” is the norm: parents hovering over their kids when (or just in case) they fall, which to some has given way to the “lawnmower parent” to denote how parents are one step ahead, lining the playground with cushy blankets or air pockets so that the kids’ fall never hurts in the first place.

After a short break, the Film’s Discussant will present a formal paper that will lead the group into a general discussion.


Date Discussant Film and Director
October 25, 2019 Betty Kershner Running on Empty (1988, 116 min)
Sidney Lumet (Director)
November 29, 2019 Rex Collins Shoplifters (2018, 121 min)
Hirokazu Koreeda (Director)
January 31, 2020 Julio Szmuilowicz Capernaum (2018, 126 min)
Nadine Labaki (Director)
February 28, 2020 Arthur Caspary Giant Little Ones (2018, 93 min)
Keith Behrman (Director)
March 27, 2020 Peter Herschman Roma (2018, 135 min)
Alfonso Cuaron (Director)
April 24, 2020 Ken Dancyger and Ida Dancyger The Kid with the Bike (2011, 87 min)
Jan-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Directors)
May 29, 2020 Robert Winer Leave No Trace (2018, 109 min)
Debra Granik (Director)

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will:

  1. Be able to recognize the changes in trends in child rearing occurring in the millennium.
  2. Understand how culture and in particular cinema follows societal trends and reflects them.
  3. Understand that like just in the film characters, narcissism underlies many of the trends and the way in which parents see and feel their children.
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Julio Szmuilowicz, MD, FRCP(C)

Julio Szmuilowicz, MD, FRCP(C), Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Faculty TPS&I.

Arthur Caspary, PhD, CPsych

Arthur C. Caspary, PhD, CPsych, Psychoanalyst in Private Practice, Faculty Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Faculty TPS&I.

Rex Collins, PhD, RP, CPsych

Rex Collins, PhD, RP, CPsych, Private Practice Child and Adolescent Therapy, Graduate of the Toronto Child Psychotherapy Program. Guest of the TPS.

Ida Dancyger*,

Ida Flint Dancyger, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Hempstead, NY.

Ken Dancyger*,

Kenneth Dancyger, PhD, Professor of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY.

Peter Herschman, MD

Peter Herschman MD, Psychoanalyst in Private Practice, Faculty TPS&I.

Betty Kershner*, PhD

Betty Kershner, PhD, Registered Psychologist in private practice, Assessment and treatment of children, adults and families. For the courts, for schools, for insurance, and for personal growth and satisfaction. Member New Directions Program, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

Robert Winer*, MD

Robert Winer, MD, Teaching Analyst and Chair of the Faculty Committee, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute; Chair of New Directions and of the Modern Perspectives on Psychotherapy Program, Washington Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanalyst in Private Practice, Bethesda, MD.

*By Invitation

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

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