eating disorders

My Skinny Sister (Min lilla syster)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 7:30pm
Sweden/Germany 2015. Dir: Sanna Lenken. 95 min. Blu-ray Disc
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Vicki Klassen and Shelley Geislinger.

Drawing on her own adolescent struggles with anorexia, first-time director Sanna Lenken has crafted a winning family drama centred on two young sisters.


Wednesday, February 20, 2008 – 7:30pm
USA 2005. Director: Lauren Greenfield
Introduced by Jenny Barley
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Samantha Kelleher
Co-sponsored by Specialized Eating Disorders Services, Providence
Health Care – St. Paul ‘s Hospital and Medical Students for Mental
Health Awareness.

Our society’s preoccupation with body image is reflected in the fact that, at any given time, 70 percent of women and 35 percent of men are dieting. More seriously, a 1993 Statistics Canada survey reported that, among women aged 15 to 25, 1 to 2 percent have anorexia and 3 to 5 percent have bulimia. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, with 10 to 20 percent eventually dying from complications.

First Love (Primo Amore)

February 15,2006 – 7:30pm

2004. Director: Matteo Garrone.
discussion with Dr.
Laird Birmingham
Co-sponsored by the
B.C. Provincial Eating Disorders Program

First loveLove, domination, self-esteem and eating disorders are
at the heart of First Love, a harrowing psychological drama based
on a true story about a thoroughly dysfunctional relationship.

The Venus of Willendorf (La Venere di Willendorf)

Thursday June 17, 2004 – 7:30pm
Italy, 1997. Director: Elisabetta Lodoli
Post-screening discussion with Cynthia Johnston

The earliest known representation of a human, a woman, is the so-called
“Venus” of Willendorf, a small statue found near the town of Willendorf
in Austria with a bulging, pear-like body, large pendulous breasts,
ample abdomen, and prominent vulva. Not surprisingly, this Venus of
Willendorf, Elisabetta Lodoli’s feature debut, tackles a subject
infrequently depicted in film: bulimia.

Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour

Thursday, February 20, 2003 – 7:30 pm
USA, 1998. Director: Susan Stern
A post-screening discussion with Karen Dias MA(cand), DipC, RPC.
Co-sponsored by Awareness & Networking Around Disordered Eating (ANAD)

The Barbie doll is not just the world’s most popular toy, she’s a Rorschach test, revealing attitudes about sexuality, body image, gender roles and creativity in an increasingly mass-produced world. Journeying from Barbie conventions to anti-Barbie demonstrations, from girls’ play dates to Barbie web pages, Barbie Nation plumbs the cult of the Barbie doll, telling the Barbie stories of men, women and children.