Thursday 17 June | 20:00 - 22:00 | Kino in der Reitschule
The Healer and the Psychiatrist
Mike Poltorak | Tonga/United Kingdom 2019 | OV Tongan/English (EN) | 74 min
On the South Pacific Island group of Vava’u, the traditional healer Emeline Lolohea treats people affected by spirits. One day away by ferry, the only Tongan Psychiatrist Dr Mapa Puloka has established a public psychiatry well known across the region. Though they have never met in person, this film creates a dialogue between them on the nature of mental illness and spiritual affliction. Their commitment and transformative communication offers challenges and opportunities to help address the growing global mental health crisis.
The film screening will be followed by a talk with Mike Poltorak