Presenters: Salman Akhtar and Madhu Vallabhaneni
Toronto Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
Date and time: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 1:00–5:30 pm
Place: Innis College, University of Toronto
Swathi Kiranam (Shooting Star) is a prize-winning 1992 film in the South Indian language of Telegu. The film is about a narcissistic teacher who is unable to tolerate the extraordinary talent and success of his young disciple, who is a musical prodigy. This film is part of the classical Indian musical genre, and its dramatic motif fits into the context of Indian mythology. The Laius and Oedipus complexes are portrayed, along with the associated themes of family romance and soul murder. This film, produced by Toronto psychoanalyst Madhu Rao Vallabhaneni, is ripe for psychoanalytic interpretation. The film's drama demonstrates the universality of fundamental psychoanalytic themes across cultures.
After the screening, there will be discussion with distinguished guest Salman Akhtar and the film's producer, Madhu Rao Vallabhaneni.
Salman Akhtar is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has published twelve books, most recently Immigration and Acculturation and Matters of Life and Death. He is also a poet, has published seven collections of poetry, and serves as scholar-in-residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Dr. Akhtar is an internationally sought speaker and teacher, and has delivered many prestigious addresses and lectures around the world.
Madhusudana Rao Vallabhaneni completed his medical education in India and received his psychiatric and psychoanalytic training in North America. He is in private practice in Toronto. Dr. Vallabhaneni is on the Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis, where he teaches Contemporary Freudian Theory.
Accreditation: This event has been accredited as a group learning activity, as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and of the College of Family Physicians.
Cost: $75 and $25 for students and residents.
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