USA 2005. Director: Lauren Greenfield
Wednesday, February 20 - 7:30pm
at Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 Howe Street, Downtown Vancouver
Our society's preoccupation with body image is reflected in the fact that, at any given time, 70 percent of women and 35 percent of men are dieting. More seriously, a 1993 Statistics Canada survey reported that, among women aged 15 to 25, 1 to 2 percent have anorexia and 3 to 5 percent have bulimia. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, with 10 to 20 percent eventually dying from complications. Seeking to put a human face to these sobering statistics, acclaimed photographer Lauren Greenfield spent six months inside The Renfrew Center, a Florida treatment facility for eating disorders, to tell the stories of four women who are literally dying to be thin. Brittany is a 5-year-old striving to be thin in order to gain acceptance among her peers. Shelly is a 25-year-old nurse who enters Renfrew with a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach. Alisa, 30, is a divorced mother of two who joined the army in order to lose weight. The troublesome Polly, 29, has spent years in and out of treatment and often challenges the center's policies and procedures. The film follows these women through early-morning weight checks, emotionally draining mealtimes, tearful therapy sessions, and tense encounters with staff and family members. Unflinching and incisive, Thin takes us on an emotional journey through the world of eating disorders, offering an intimate and devastating portrait of self-loathing, denial, and depression. Colour, Digibeta video. 105 mins.
Introduced by Jenny Barley, 4th year UBC medical student and Co-Chair, Medical Students for Mental Health Awareness
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Samantha Kelleher, a staff psychiatrist at Royal Columbian Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital. Dr. Kelleher has a special interest in eating disorders and has completed fellowship training at St. Paul's Eating Disorders Program.
Co-sponsored by Specialized Eating Disorders Services, Providence Health Care - St. Paul 's Hospital and Medical Students for Mental Health Awareness.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC.
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.
For more information, see the Pacific Cinémathèque Program Guide
$9.50 Adult Single Bill / $8.00 Senior/Student Single Bill / $11.50 Adult Double Bill / $10.00 Senior/Student Double Bill
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