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Medfest 2018 - 'Beyond Words' @IoPPN

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Invitation to ‘Medfest 2018: Beyond Words,’ an International Medical Film Festival, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

‘Medfest 2018: Beyond Words’
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, IoPPN Main Building, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
6pm Monday 21 May 2018

We are delighted to invite you to ‘Medfest 2018: Beyond Words’, an international medical film festival held at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) on Monday 21 May 2018.

Medfest aims to promote and discuss topics relevant to mental healthcare professionals. We hope to raise the profile of mental health issues and inspire people through the medium of film. Medfest 2018 is proud to have been organised by a committee of psychiatry trainees from The Maudsley Training Programme.

The theme this year is ‘Beyond Words’ and will explore topics including the power and impact of noise and silence, mental health struggles, cultural psychiatry, meditation and mindfulness.
During the event a selection of short film clips will be shown and discussed by a panel of eminent speakers before the floor is opened to the audience for comments and questions.

This year’s confirmed speakers include:
Professor Matthew Hotopf, Vice Dean of Research at the IoPPN
Patrick Shen, Director of ‘In Pursuit of Silence’
Dr Mina Husain, SLaM Core Trainee and Executive Producer of ‘Paak (Pure)’
Dr Florian Ruths, SLaM Consultant Psychiatrist and Cognitive Therapist

For further information please visit the website www.medfest2018.com

Registration will be from 5:30pm for a prompt 6pm start. Following the event, from 8pm, there will be a drinks reception, giving you the opportunity to continue with the stimulating discussion that we hope the evening will create.

The event is free to attend but you must register in advance. Places are limited for this event and will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. To reserve your place, please register with the Eventbrite link at:
I hope you will be able to join us for this enlightening and thought-provoking evening.

Yours sincerely
Manny, Nidhita, Christian, Luke
Medfest 2018 Committee

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Through three bespoke short films we will challenge your ideas and perceptions on the concept of silence.

In Pursuit of Silence

Our first short film, In Pursuit of Silence, showcases the work of visionary director Patrick Shen and his team. The film was created such that every word spoken and every note of music was carefully considered and delicately weaved into the foundation of silence that underlies the entire piece. By examining cultures from across the world the film explores the impact noise is having on our lives. With our race towards modernity and a more urban lifestyle this mediative documentary forces us to question the direction our civilisation in moving in.

The Conspiracy of Silence

The Conspiracy of silence features a short film “Paak / Pure”, co-created by Hamza Bangash of citylights productions and Dr Mina Husain, a psychiatry trainee working in South London and Maudsley. Stitched together through Video-Calls the audience gains an intimate view of a young women dealing with the pressures of impending adulthood- and what can happen when the pressure reaches a tipping point. By seeing the contrast between her public persona and her private identity we are able to gain a valuable insight into the ways many mental health patients may suffer in silence.

The Mindfulness of Silence

To end Medfest 2018 we want to explore what silence means to you. You will be requested to participate in a bespoke meditative exercise on mindful listening led by Dr Florian Ruths, consultant psychiatrist, mindfulness teacher and cognitive therapist. By diving into the subtle soundscapes of both your external and internal worlds you will discover that even in silence, there is always much to be heard.

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