Faculty holds the workshop “Cinema and Psychoanalysis: A Debate on Mental Health” in Manaus

Faculty holds the workshop “Cinema and Psychoanalysis: A Debate on Mental Health” in Manaus



Two films will be presented, showing the problems faced in contemporary times

Manaus (AM) — Faculdade Santa Teresa (FST) is open for registration for the workshop “Cinema and Psychoanalysis: A Debate on Mental Health”. The event, which aims to discuss the topic from a psychoanalytic perspective, is promoted by the Department of Free Courses of the Fametro Group and aimed at students in the health area, Psychology academics and others interested in the topic.

The activities will be held on April 6th and 13th, from 9am to 1pm, at the FST headquarters, on Rua Acre, Nº 2.000, Vieiralves, Nossa Senhora das Graças neighborhood, Central-South Zone of Manaus.

Two films will be presented, showing the problems faced in contemporary times. They are: “Por Lugares Incríveis” (2020) and “100 Fears” (2022). Both address mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, in different ways, but equally significant when seen through the lens of psychoanalysis.

The workshop will be taught by the professor and technical manager of the FST Psychology School Clinic, Juliana Coutinho Borges. She has been a psychologist for over 25 years, working in the areas of psychodiagnosis and personality theories. She is a specialist in Public Health, Essential Master Coaching, a master in Psychology and a finalist in the specialization in Neuropsychology.

Juliana Borges highlights that the workshop aims to develop debates on everyday issues covered in films and highlight the ways in which subjectivities are constituted in the contemporary world and their similarities with cinema.

“In each film, we will discuss not only psychoanalysis, but mental health, in correlation with other related areas, such as education and health. It’s a way to help expand society’s knowledge about mental pathologies,”


About the films

Two young people about to choose death awaken in each other the will to live. This is the guiding thread of “Incredible Places”, based on the book by Jennifer Niven, in which the protagonists Violet Markey and Theodore Finch face their own internal challenges. Finch struggles with undiagnosed bipolar disorder, while Violet struggles with guilt over her sister’s death in a car accident. With this relationship, the film explores themes such as loss, social isolation and the search for identity and acceptance.

“100 Fears”, directed by Andrea Jublin, is an Italian film that portrays the life of a young woman with an anxiety disorder seeking to overcome her greatest fears. The original title, ‘Per Lanciarsi dela Stelle’, which in free translation can be interpreted as “Launching oneself from the stars”, generates a feeling of boldness and determination in overcoming life’s challenges such as mental health.

The psychologist explains that cinema as a tool is a way of characterizing social issues implicit in society.

“There is a lot of curiosity around this subject, at the same time that there is still prejudice, myths and beliefs about illness x mental health. Therefore, cinema can be a representative way of how society sees, perceives and understands both illness and mental health”,


The coordinator of Free Courses at the Fametro Group, Joziane Mendes, highlights the importance of promoting discussion among students and health professionals about current films, in a critical, reflective and technical way, based on psychoanalysis.

“Both films offer a unique opportunity to explore the complexities of mental disorders, providing a deeper understanding of the experience of depression, anxiety and other manifestations of human nature,” he adds.

The workshop is the first in a series on the topic, to be discussed each semester. Includes certification of 30 additional hours and a workload of 15 hours (6 hours in person and 9 hours of guided activities). The investment is R$80 for FST students and R$100 for the external public. To participate, simply register using the link

*With information from consultancy

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