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Genre: Live Theatre

Duration: 120 Minutes

CIne-Psych: Short Films & Theatrical Production

Cine-Psych brings a one of a kind show with two original short films and an original live play.

The night will begin with Cine-Psych’s short film “The Week/END,” followed by a live performance of their play, “The Break Room.” After that, there will be a screening of another short film titled “Can I Help You?” It’s three shows in one that will certainly be loved by psychology students and social science fans alike, and it is one of the few opportunities audiences have to see these short films and this play.

Part of our Cine-Psych series with McMaster University.

The Cine-Psych film making project was started in 2017 by Dr Nadeem Akhtar, a Psychiatrist, film-maker and Associate Professor at McMaster University. The aim of the project was to generate an educational community dialogue about Mental Health conditions by creating bespoke metaphorical, film depictions informed by those with lived experience. Despite filming and Cine-Psych events being placed on hold during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the team (comprised of Psychiatry residents and Medical students) remained dedicated to their vision.

Please join the Cine-Psych team, our community partners, the McMaster department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences and Department of Social Work as we present a multi-arts series exploring the realities of mental illness vs mental wellness. Our series will include feature films followed by expert panel discussion; bespoke poetry readings from local writers; and a first of its kind “stage and screen” event where a live action play will bridge two original Cine-Psych shorts.


Opening comments by Dr Kim Ng (Resident Psychiatrist; Cine-Psych team member)

Poetry reading, introduced by Matthew MacArthur (Resident Physician; Cine-Psych team member

Dr. Kathy MacDonald

Ann Fudge Schormans (MSW, PHD)

Meera Jhaveri (MSW)