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Genre: Drama

Duration: 102 Minutes

Rating: R

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream tells the grim tale of a family torn apart by substances. Sara (Ellen Burtsyn) becomes addicted to prescription amphetamines- which are prescribed to her for binge eating, while her son, Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend, Marion (Jennifer Connelly) and his friend, Tyrone (Marlon Wayans), all suffer from heroin addiction, despite their dreams and aspirations. The melancholy drama shows the harsh realities of substance use and how grueling the experience is for all who are involved, along with the struggle to want to recover, but being unable to.

Part of the Cine-Psych film talk series!

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.


Meera Jhaveri, Peer Support Worker, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Opening comments by Dr Chris Clarkstone (Psychiatrist; Cine-Psych team member)

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

Dr James MacKillop, Professor, McMaster Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

Dr. MacKillop holds the Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research and a Canada Research Chair in Translational Addiction Research at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where he also directs the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research. He trained as a clinical psychologist at Binghamton University and Brown University and conducts research on the nature and treatment of addictive behavior. His research program uses behavioral economics and neuroeconomics to understand addiction and has produced more than 350 peer-reviewed articles and other works to date.

Mary Vaccaro, (MSW), PhD candidate, McMaster School of Social Work

Guest Panelist, Keeping Six, Hamilton Harm Reduction Action League