The Cinema Medica: Health & Illness in Film seminar series is a medical-themed film series co-curated by a senior medical student and a graduate of the cinema studies master’s program at the University of Toronto. Cinema Medica explores areas of overlap between medicine and the cinematic medium in an effort to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue on a range of historical, theoretical, and ethical-political issues pertinent to modern medical culture, while introducing medical-humanities students and professionals to the formal techniques and vocabulary of film.
60 Murray Street classroom (3rd floor classrooms A & B) sessions are held on the third Thursday of every month (September – May, excluding December) at 7PM Entry requirements: Open to medical and humanities students and professionals.
1. To foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional dialogue on a range of historical, theoretical, and ethical-political issues pertinent to modern medical culture.
2. To introduce medical students and professionals to the formal techniques and vocabulary of film as well as ideas and debates relevant to contemporary film studies.
3. To encourage the application of insight gained from the screenings and discussions to one’s practice as a care provider; medical students and professionals will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a reflective practitioner.
4. To relate the medical topics under consideration to a broader sociopolitical context.
September 19, 2013
Adolescent Psychiatry and the Politics of HIV
Screening: KIDS (Clark, 1995)
October 17, 2013
November 21, 2013
Palliative Care, the Patient Experience, and the “Process of Dying”
Screening: Mary, Mary: My Last Act of Love in the World (Mitchell and Murray, 2012)
January 16, 2014
Schizophrenia and Subjective Expressionism
Screening: Repulsion (Polanski, 1965)
February 20, 2014
Medical Research and the Ethics of Clinical Genetics
Screening: Gattaca (Niccol, 1997)
March 20, 2014
Issues of Sex and Gender and the Patient-Physician Relationship
Screening: Augustine (Winocour, 2012); clip from A Dangerous Method (Cronenberg, 2011)
April 17, 2014
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Midwifery, and the Politics of Birth
Screening: The Business of Being Born (Epstein, 2008)
May 15, 2014
Disability and Chronic Disease
Screening: Dancer in the Dark (von Trier, 2000)
Michael Tau is a psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto with an interest in psychiatry and the medical humanities.
Elysse Leonard is a graduate of the cinema studies master’s program at the University of Toronto with a research emphasis on representations of death and dying in postwar cinema. She also coordinates a program for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) called Reel Comfort, which brings film screenings and filmcraft workshops into the mental health units at Toronto General Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital.