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Participatory Cinema: Eating Disorders

October 20, 2021, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Instructor: Anthony Tobia, MD

Film: Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus is a fantasy comedy released in the US in 1993 by Walt Disney Pictures. The annual celebration of Halloween has helped make the film a cult classic which depicts a villainous comedic trio of witches who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy on Halloween night in Salem. We will examine the psychology of magic spells, the role of substances, as well as the mythos of All Hallows Eve in reviewing mental health and pathology depicted in the film.

Movies have long been utilized to highlight varied areas in the field of psychiatry including the role of the psychiatrist, issues in medical ethics, and the stigma toward people with mental illness. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, comprehensive curricula have been created utilizing films as fictional case accounts of mental disorders. At the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, facilitated discussion of a selected film is achieved via social media as well as traditional PowerPoint didactic. Each seminar will show a feature-length film with a live Twitter feed on the screen that will transform the movie into an educational didactic.

CE Credits: 6


October 20, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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