obsessive compulsive behaviour

Slaves of the Lord (Avdei Hashem)

Thursday, March 17, 2005 – 7:30 pm
Israel 2002. Director: Hadar Friedlich
Post-screening discussion with Rabbi Philip Bregman and Dr. Steve Taylor

In a Jewish Orthodox village in Israel, Tamar – a twelve year old girl – prepares for her Bat-Mitzva (Confirmation), which will take place on Passover. She becomes convinced that she is impure and grows increasingly scared and depressed. She forces herself into an endless ritual of cleaning, while attempting to silence her unyielding whispering inner obsessional thoughts which detail every inch of her relentless guilt, over and over again.

Back from Madness: The Struggle for Sanity

Thursday September 19, 2002 – 7:30pm
USA 1996. Director: Kenneth Rosenberg
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg
Live theatrical performance by Victoria Maxwell
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division

“Back From Madness” follows four psychiatric patients for one to two years, from the time of their first arrival at the Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital. The film contextualizes their present-day treatments with rare archival footage demonstrating how their conditions were treated in the past