State of Mind: Healing Theme

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012

SAT 10 NOVEMBER – 14.30

Weapon of War

59’ Dir: Ilse & Femke van Velzen, Congo/Netherlands (subtitled). The first film from the festival’s Healing strand. During decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), possibly hundreds of thousands of women and girls were savagely raped. In WEAPON OF WAR, military perpetrators unveil what lies behind this brutal behavior and the strategies of rape as a war crime.

Tickets: £5.50/£4.00

Weapon of War, State of Mind and Seminar including tea/coffee: £16/£12 To book this offer please call Box Office on 0117 927 5100



State of Mind 

Dir: Djo Tunda Wa Munga, DRC (subtitled). Pioneering therapist Albert Pesso is invited to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where many people suffer from years of post traumatic stress disorder.  STATE OF MIND captures the sessions in a series of fly-on-the-wall scenes, and candid, heartbreaking interviews with the participants put the effort in a larger context.

Tickets: £5.50/£4.00




A panel of therapists and healers look at some of the therapies in the DRC, where so many have suffered the trauma of civil war. How do such forms of healing work and can they be transferred across cultures? A panel of experts give their views with audience input. This seminar forms part of a half-day session which includes the films WEAPON OF WAR about healing for rapists and those they have raped, STATE OF MIND dealing with post-traumatic stress, and KINSHASHA SYMPHONY exploring the restorative power of music.

Panellists include Sally Potter, Pesso Boyden therapist; Amelia Rana, counsellor specialising in hate crime and trans-cultural training. We are happy to give certificates of attendance for CPD purposes.

Tickets: Seminar only £5.50/£4.00

SUN 11 NOVEMBER – 16.15


96 min Dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 2006, France/Belgium/ Chad/Austria, Cert: 18 (subtitled).  Set in Chad, this film beautifully combines Chad’s magnetic desert colours with a story that is both African and universal. Following a government amnesty, sixteen year old Atim is given a gun by his grandfather to kill the man who murdered his father. Despite his disgust, Atim comes to recognise in the killer the father he has always needed, while the killer sees the teenager as a potential son.

Tickets: £5.50/£4

All tickets available from Watershed.