The Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health at William James College and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston proudly present:
Film Series Coordinators Jill Betz Bloom, PhD, Carter Long and Steven Nisenbaum, PhD, JD
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Force Majeure was a critical favorite at the Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard. This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family's world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch. Written and Directed by Ruben Östlund (2014).
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 African war drama film written, shot, and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, about a young boy who survives as his country goes through a horrific war. When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier. Shot in Ghana and starring Idris Elba, Ama K. Abebrese, Abraham Attah, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe, the film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala ― the book itself being named after a Fela Kuti album. It was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
The Wolfpack was directed by Crystal Moselle, (2015). Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Meet the Patels is a 2015 film that follows Ravi Patel, a single Indian-American who is approaching 30 on his journey to find a soul mate. After breaking up with a white American woman Ravi goes on a family vacation in India where he contemplates his family's tradition-Patels marry other Patels. His parents convince Ravi to embark on a year-long process to find the American Patel that is his match. The film began as vacation footage his sister recorded but it evolved into a documentary that charts every step of Ravi's journey to find true love. This hilarious and heartwarming film reveals how love is a family affair. Directed by Geeta Patel and Ravi Patel.
All films will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Following each film, a discussion will be held.
$11 general admission; $9 MFA members (per film)
2.5 Continuing Education Credits (per film and discussion)
Please note that film times may change; check with the MFA.
Tickets will be available at the MFA one week before the film dates through the ticket line at 1-800-440-6975; for further information please visit www.mfa.org/film .
On October 10th of every year,
World Mental Health Day is observed around the globe in an effort to raise awareness about mental health issues that affect more than 450 million individuals worldwide. This year's theme is "Dignity in mental health." To learn more, please visit the
World Health Organization's website .
In observance of World Mental Health Day, the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health at William James College held the following events:
Summer Immersion Presentation October 14, 2015
Event Flyer for more details
Lunch Hour Conversation with Dr. Judy Atkinson October 16, 2015
Event Flyer for more details
Please join us in promoting awareness of the global impact of mental illnesses. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our programs, please contact the Center at CMGMH@williamjames.edu . We look forward to seeing you soon.