We mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 with a special screening of two short films You Are Me (Peter Speyer 2013, 11’) and Home Movie (Caroline Pick 2013, 17’), followed by a discussion between the filmmakers and psychoanalysts, Andrea Sabbadini and Kate Barrows, exploring these creative responses to global atrocities.
Peter Speyer is a director, playwright and screenwriter with Royal Shakespeare Company productions and an award winning feature film, ‘The Wooden Camera.’ Qualified in psychology and social work, Peter worked therapeutically with survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and co-directed a therapy centre for people experiencing psychoses. His film ‘You are Me’ dramatises the encounter of a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust and a mute African war orphan who lives on a park bench in Alexandra Palace, London, joining them as refugees and survivors of genocide across the generations and continents.
Caroline Pick is an artist, filmmaker and former commissioning editor at the BBC and Channel Four. It took her more than 50 years to delve into the box of home movies that her father had shot between the 1930s in Czechoslovakia and the 1960s in Britain. In ‘Home Movie’, her powerful film about immigration and dislocation, she unearths the story that her parents hid.
Andrea Sabbadini is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and its former Director of Publications. He works in private practice in London, is a trustee of the Freud Museum, a member of the IPA Committee on Psychoanalysis and Culture, and the director of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival. His most recent books are Boundaries and Bridges: Perspectives on Time and Space in Psychoanalysis (Karnac 2014) and Moving Images: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Film (Routledge 2014).
Kate Barrows is a Training Analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society and works in private practice in Bristol. She is also a Tavistock trained Child Psychotherapist and worked for many years in the Child and Family Service at the Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy and the Arts. Her publications include 'Ghosts in the Swamp’ IJPA 1999, which describes the impact of intergenerational losses in the analysis of a young woman and Envy, Icon Books 2004. She edited Autism in Childhood and Autistic Features in Adults, Karnac Books 2008. She has also written several papers about the relationship between literature and psychoanalysis as well as Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw