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Exploring The Complexity of Cultural Identity Through "The Music of Strange...

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Date(s) - 01/27/2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco


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The 2016 documentary film, “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” offers an engaging method to learn about the complex nature of cultural identity and cultural stressors/supports that include both social networks and resilience factors as outlined in the DSM-5 for Cultural Formulation.

We will view performance footage, personal interviews, and archives telling in-depth stories of the musicians in the Silk Road Ensemble from Syria, China, Iran, Spain and the U.S. The film demonstrates the ability of music to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures, and inspire hope for both artists and audiences in the face of societal traumas such as the Syrian war; the Chinese cultural revolution; the 1979 Iranian revolution, the Iraq/Iran war, Arab Spring; and 9/11.

Francis Lu, MD, is the Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, UC Davis. As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has contributed to the areas of cultural psychiatry, cultural competence and diversity, psychiatric education, film and psychiatry, and psychiatry/religion/spirituality. He has co-led 35 film seminars at the Esalen Institute since 1987.

Andres Sciolla is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UC Davis. He has over 15 years of experience providing trauma-informed care to underserved and highly diverse patients, most of whom have been exposed to childhood adversities and community dysfunction. He has conducted specialized training in this area for medical and nursing students, physicians in training and practicing physicians in the U.S. and in Chile.

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