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 bi-monthly. Details for each screening will be posted.
Entry requirements: Open to medical and humanities students and professionals.
- To foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional dialogue on a range of historical, theoretical, and ethical-political issues pertinent to modern medical culture.
- 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.
- 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.
- To relate the medical topics under consideration to a broader sociopolitical context.
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.