CG JungJung and Film Online 2022

Presenters: John Gosling, Renee Ramsden and Grace Reid
Venue: Zoom Online Facility
Time: Friday evenings at 18:00 for 18:30
Fee: R150.00 per film evening. Notes will be provided as usual. Booking essential.

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our online booking function and are working hard to resolve these asap; kindly email saaja@mweb.co.za to reserve your virtual seat. Thank you for your patience and support. 

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Library: Our library is open for use. Visitors are requested to wear a mask and make use of the hand sanitiser provided. It can also be accessed online through our comprehensive platform. For more information, contact Debra at saajalibrary@outlook.com

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Our goal in offering the Jung and Film series is to provide a container for depth psychological engagement with films. In film the impact of the images, with their interplay of colour and light; the subtleties of sounds and music; and the aesthetic beauty or shocking impact provided by direction and cinematography, all serve to engage the unconscious with the emotional conflicts of the characters. This has the potential to integrate unresolved issues, thus furthering our process of growth and individuation. In this way, some films may initiate an unexpected new consciousness in viewers.

Storytelling is the oldest form of transmitting wisdom from one generation to another. We build our world on the stories we tell, which confers a great responsibility on the story teller, or, in our time, the movie makers. As Jung emphasized, stories also illustrate the insights found in centuries of human cultural and psychological development.

The film stories we have chosen for the 2022 programme of Jung and Film evenings include rich explorations of many fundamental human experiences. We will engage with themes around the clash of cultures and personalities, repressed sexuality and passion, contrasting expressions of masculinity, and feminine power in the face of oppressive patriarchy. We will also reflect together on mythological themes of death and rebirth, sociological themes of gender bias, intergenerational conflicts, our relationship with the natural world, and our relationships with others under changing and ambiguous circumstances.

The format of our film evenings has changed due to the restrictions imposed on us by Covid.  The attendees and facilitators watch the film together on the Zoom platform, followed by a discussion of the film which includes contributions by facilitators and participants. Before each screening, notes amplifying the film will be forwarded to all attendees. It is our hope that viewers will become lost in the drama of the film and potentially access aspects of their own experiences and inner life.

These evenings are open to all interested members of the public and clinicians. CPD points are no longer available for these events.

Your proof of payment will ensure you receive the Zoom meeting link. No Refunds.

To book, visit our Events Calendar here.

18 February: The Piano
Run time: 2H 1Min

We begin our offerings for 2022 with The Piano, a 1993 release from the writer/director Jane Campion. In the mid-1800s, the young widow Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter, in an Oscar-winning performance) arrives on the wild shores of New Zealand from strait-laced Victorian Scotland. This event sets the stage for a rich exploration of themes around clashes of cultures and personalities, repressed sexuality and passion, contrasting expressions of masculinity, and feminine power in the face of oppressive patriarchy. Mute since childhood, Ada expresses her passionate nature through playing her precious piano, which also serves as vehicle for advancing and expressing the complex relationships which develop around it. The first and only film by a woman director to receive the Palme d’Or at Cannes, The Piano also features a mesmerizing sound track by Michael Nyman and magnificent cinematography. This superbly filmed, directed, and acted movie envelops the viewer in its unique world, and builds to an unforgettable climax.

22 April: Whale Rider
Run Time: 1H 41Min

Whale Rider is an exquisite portrayal of the Maori mythology around whales, and their intimate relationship with these magnificent creatures. It is also an exploration of the challenge of keeping ancient beliefs and traditions alive in a Westernized world, which requires creative solutions. This movie is based on the novella The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera, the first Maori writer to be published in New Zealand. He explores Maori culture in contemporary New Zealand, specifically the challenge to the old order, when a girl turns out to be the true leader of her community, and not a boy, as expected by tradition. Koro (the grandfather) and Pai (his gifted granddaughter) are represented without sentimentality, as fully fleshed out characters with emotional depth. Their conflict is a sincere portrait of a young girl coming to terms with her family and culture, while never losing sight of their humanity. Whale Rider lends itself to reflections on mythological themes of death and rebirth, sociological themes of gender bias, intergenerational conflicts and humans’ relationship with the natural world.

24 June: The Father
Run time: 1H 37Min

The Father is a film about grief and what it means to grieve for someone who is still alive. Anthony, played by Antony Hopkins, the oldest actor in history to receive an Oscar for best actor in a film, is a roguishly handsome and cantankerous old widower, a retired engineer who lives alone in an apartment in west London.  He receives regular visits from his affectionate and exasperated daughter, Anne, who is played with intelligence and insight by Olivia Colman. Director, Florian Zeller, gives us an unsettling glimpse into the mind and experience of someone slipping into dementia. The film explores the effects of Anthony’s declining mental state on the relationships with his daughter, son, and carer. Themes of how we deal with this special kind of loss, love between parents and children, protracted grief, change and adaptation to change, interweave throughout this powerful film.

12 August: August: Osage County
Run time: 2H

The oppressive heat and claustrophobic homestead in August: Osage County set the scene for an unflinching examination of the damage caused by family dysfunction, as well as the energy, insight, and determination required to escape it into a relatively functional personal world. Based on playwright Tracy Letts’s personal experience, the film is adapted from his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, while John Wells directs.

In Osage County Oklahoma, the Weston clan gathers for the funeral of its patriarch, Beverly (Sam Shepard). It is immediately obvious why this family has not been together for many years. The many shadowy issues lurking just below the surface of the awkward interactions almost immediately begin to burst forth.

Framed mostly by the conflictual relationship between Beverly’s widow Violet (Meryl Streep) and her oldest daughter Barbara (Julia Roberts), August: Osage County deftly treats themes of transgenerational trauma and self-loathing, the deleterious effects of family secrets, how addiction cripples a personality, and how shame and shaming poison the human spirit. While not for the faint-hearted, this film rewards the viewer with greater understanding of the inner struggles often carried by our fellow humans.

30 September: Rewind
Run time: 1H 26Min

‘Sasha Joseph Neulinger is a hockey player, backcountry adventurer, husband, speaker, and filmmaker – he also happens to be a survivor of multi-generational child sexual abuse. Despite his best efforts to truly move forward … lingering, unhealed wounds and unanswered questions from his childhood’ were holding him back. http://www.voiceforthekids.com/sashas-story

This remarkable documentary, made by Neulinger himself, is riveting from beginning to end. It is put together from actual childhood video footage, in which clues to the abuse can be found in hidden corners, where affection between uncles and the boy has a sinister undertone. Thirty-year-old Neulinger is a remarkable young man, who, at the age of 7, stood up to his abuser when his sister also became a target. This took him on a grueling journey through many years of therapy and court cases, to finally get the truth acknowledged. This documentary could offer real help to children who are struggling with sexual abuse, as well as to survivors of sexual abuse and their families. There are straightforward, honest interviews with all Neulinger’s family members, his psychiatrist and his lawyers, giving an insider view of the impact of sexual abuse on the victim, and the harrowing process for the victim, of prosecution of the perpetrators. A truly inspiring documentary, shining a light of hope on a very dark matter.

25 November: The Power of the Dog
Run time: 2H 7Min

The Power of the Dog is a reflection on masculinity (both toxic and non-conforming to societal expectations), unacknowledged and unexpressed emotions, the complexity of relationships, resistance to change, hidden desires, and much more. In this Jane Campion adaptation of a 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, with Benedict Cumberbach magnificently playing the lead role, we are transported into life on a cattle ranch in the Mid-West. Phil is a rugged, tough, alpha male with a vicious side and hidden desires. The relationships between men are explored – fraternal, peer, mentor, friendships – with the ghost of homoeroticism flitting discreetly throughout.

We observe the destructive outcome of unacknowledged and unexpressed emotions in Phil that wreaks havoc in the lives of several of the other characters over whom he wields intense psychological power that is simultaneously gentle yet vicious. As is often the case when confronted by this kind of threatening destructive behaviour, the victims are themselves too intimidated to confront his destructive behavior.

In typical Campion fashion the many levels bubbling below the surface are like mirages, only glimpsed in passing. The viewer is left with many questions over which to ruminate, cogitate, explicate, and circumambulate for days!

Renee Ramsden:is a clinical psychologist and a Jungian analyst working in private practice in Wynberg, Cape Town, for 30 years. She is a founder member of the Southern African Association for Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) and a training analyst. She specializes in dream-analysis and has been studying alchemy and psychology as presented by C.G. Jung for 25 years. She has a longstanding interest in ancient goddess cultures and their relevance for the feminine in our current world.

John Gosling: is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. He trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York and returned to Cape Town in 2004. He is a past- president of SAAJA and is also a training analyst. He has a special interest in dreams, complexes, archetypes, early trauma, and how psychoneurobiology informs our work and approach to psyche.

Grace Reid:is a psychologist and Jungian analyst who practices psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and supervision in Kenilworth. Her training and education took place mostly in the United States, where she was in private practice for five years before moving to Cape Town in 1990. Her special interests include the psychology of aging, dream analysis, psychological types, and the practical application of Jungian theory in everyday life. She has served as secretary of SAAJA and is a training analyst.