M

M

  • Thursday, October 17, 7:00 PM
AGO

317 Dundas St. W
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, Open Captions

Yolande Zauberman / 2018 / Yiddish, Hebrew, English with English Subtitles / France / 115 min / Ontario Premiere

Menahem Lang is an Israeli actor with a tragic past. He was raped as a child by several older men from his own community. Lang grew up in the Haredi sect, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community known for its theological conservatism. After confronting one of his abusers, Lang left his hometown of Bnei Brak and hasn’t been back until now. In M, Lang returns to face his community, his trauma and to seek justice. But more than anything, Lang ends up finding other survivors. Shooting her film entirely at night, director Yolande Zauberman follows Lang as he runs into multiple strangers on the streets of his old neighborhood where they all confess the same thing – they were also sexually abused as children by older men in the community. Through many candid interviews in M we learn that child molestation is rampant in their community, turning the abused into abusers in a vicious circle of sexual violence.

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Extended Panel: Childhood Sexual Abuse & Recovery 

Join us for an extended discussion following the screening of the documentary M, as we are joined by specialists who work in trauma informed care, childhood sexual abuse and sexuality studies. We will sensitively discuss the realities and impacts of (early) sexual abuse, the complexities of finding treatment and the journey of recovery in the context of observant communities as well as in more secular contexts.

PANELISTS

Scott
Miller Berry
Moderator
James
Cantor
Psychologist and sex researcher
Naomi
Levine
Social Worker at Jewish Family & Child
CO-PRESENTER

ALSO OF INTEREST

My Soul Drifts Light upon a Sea of Trees

My Soul Drifts Light upon a Sea of Trees

  • Saturday, October 12, 8:30 PM
AGO

317 Dundas St. W
Toronto

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchair Accessible Venue, ASL Interpreted, Open Captions

Heinrich Dahms / 2018 / Japanese with English Subtitles / Netherlands, Japan / 93 min / North American Premiere

After losing an uncle and two friends to suicide, Zen Buddhist Ittetsu Nemoto made it his life’s work to support individuals struggling with depression and suicidal ideation. Despite cultural taboos from a temple in the high mountains of central Japan, Ittetsu Nemoto takes a community-focused, holistic approach to healing trauma. My Soul Drifts Light Upon a Sea of Trees inscribes the journey and mission of Nemoto as he helps three people find life after limbo. As each person candidly reveals their story of what the edge of life felt like, a therapeutic effect transfixes the audience. With this remarkable film, a quiet plea for a radical shift in the way we think about suicide is heard.

Screening with

Ancestral Mindscapes
Rick Miller | 2019 | Canada | 15 mins | World Premiere

From the traditional territories of the Micmac Nation of Gespeg to the small town of Gaspé, Québec, director Rick Miller reveals to the audience his family’s lineage and how it has defined and illuminated his relationship with mental health.

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My Soul Drifts with Ittetsu Nemoto

Join us for a discussion with the subject of My Soul Drifts Light Upon a Sea of Trees. Internationally known Buddhist priest Ittetsu Nemoto will be joining us via Skype to talk about his life’s mission to provide space and time for those who live with depression. 

PANELISTS

Yukiko
Konomi
Moderator
Ittetsu
Nemoto
Film subject
CO-PRESENTERS

ALSO OF INTEREST

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