A film by Molly Castelloe (2016)
Filmscreening and talk by Vamik Volkan (in English)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 pm, Sigmund Freud Museum
Admission free, please register below
Vamik’s Room is a film about 5-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Vamik Volkan, a psychoanalyst born in Cyprus who, in addition to his clinical practice and writing, has spent years studying intractable societal conflict and leading on-the-ground interventions in an effort to ameliorate it. Over time, he has been a leading contributor to what many see as a new form of international diplomacy, based on the emotional life of nations, the historical traumas of a people and their collective efforts to work through disturbed relationships toward shared mourning.
A central storyline concerns Vamik’s work with a refugee family forced from their home in Abkhazia and how he helped the grief-stricken community find hope in their new surroundings, a dilapidated luxury hotel. He returns years later where out of the ruins the people have built a room for him, “Vamik’s room”.
Molly Castelloe is an American writer and artist. She received a doctorate in Performance Studies at New York University with a focus on theater and psychoanalysis. Her scholarly articles have appeared in international publications and refereed journals. Molly worked as an actress for many years in theater and independent film. Vamik’s Room is the first documentary she has directed and produced. A work in progress, given new material yet to be integrated, Molly’s documentary is already the recipient of the Gradiva Award for Best Film from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.
Photo: Film still of Vamik’s Room, Vamik Volkan