Nise: The Heart of Madness
Dr. Nise da Silveira (played by award-winning actress Gloria Pires) is at work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock therapy for the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by doctors, she is forced to take the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she starts a revolution through paints, dogs and love.
Through her efforts, renowned modern art museums opened their doors to artists nobody had ever heard of. Many critics pointed out that these exhibitions revealed painters that went on to be ranked amongst the best Brazillian artists of the century. Behind this miracle there was no art academy, patron or dealer. The artists were schizophrenic, poor, hospitalized for several decades, abandoned by their families and hopeless to all but da Silveira. This touching period drama tells the real life story of this "miracle" and the life of this rebellious, frail and engaging psychiatrist.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS:
Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 – Best Film and Best Actress
Rio International Film Festival 2015 – Audience Award
Aruanda Festival, João Pessoa 2015 – Audience Award, Best Soundrack and Best Production Design
Gothenburg International Film Festival 2016 – Official Selection
Glasgow International Film Festival 2016 – Official Selection
Pachamama Festival, Rio Branco, Brazil 2015 – Closing Film
São Paulo International Film Festival 2015 – Official Selection
Join us after the film to discuss the depiction of art therapy in this film and how it is practiced today.
Peggy Kolodny is a board certified and licensed art psychotherapist. Peggy has worked in diverse settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals as well as headed a nonprofit. A founder of The Art Therapy Collective of Owings Mills, she currently shares a private practice along with several other art and drama therapists. Specializing in trauma survivors across the lifespan, Peggy is trained in EMDR and IFS. She is a trauma clinician several hours weekly for the nonprofit, Shofar Coalition. She is a past president of the Maryland Art Therapy Association and currently serves on their board.
Cathy Goucher has worked professionally as a credentialed, licensed art therapist for over 20 years in special education settings, including Kennedy Krieger Schools, and as a private contractor. She co-founded Make Studio in 2010, creating a professional studio space for adults with disabilities to work and exhibit as professional artists, providing them a path to income from their creative work. Through her ongoing outreach and development work at Make Studio, as well as being a lifelong City resident, Cathy creates opportunities for people with disabilities and community members to create, socialize, and build a more inclusive Baltimore.
7:30pm | $10, $7 mbrs (+$3 at the door)
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