Films that Transform: In Dialogue with Others on the Journey

The goal of the Programs in Whole Person Care (WPC) is to create a focus for healing and whole person care at McGill. Part of our mandate is to contribute to education related to healing within the University, the wider academic community, and the general public. To that end we have designed a film series which will provide a forum for the general public to meet with medical students and other members of the McGill medical community to view and discuss films that will encourage viewers to explore the meaning of healing and “wellness” in daily life.

Electronic media are a powerful way to tap the subconscious. Their capacity to promote positive transformation and healing is the raison d’être of the series. We plan to harness the power of film by following each film with a dialogue between series discussants and members of the general public. The goal of the project is to provide an understanding of healing in a modern biomedical context, and to promote recognition of healing as an integral component of medical practice and of societal change and transformation.

Films 2018

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May 1, 2018

Every Brilliant Thing (2016) - 61min.

A young man who attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life.


May 8, 2018

Hippocratic (2017) - 1h48min.

Hippocratic is a feature-length film exploring the life story of this acclaimed Indian physician, Dr MR Rajagopal. From cowardly child to fearless visionary, this compelling tale sees its hero come full-circle to rediscover the first principals of medicine.


May 15, 2018

Jeong Kwan (2017) from Netflix series Chef's Table, Season 3, Episode 1

Jeong Kwan is a Zen Buddhist nun and chef of Korean cuisine. She lives in the Chunjinam Hermitage at the Baegyangsa temple in South Korea, where she cooks for fellow nuns and monks, as well as occasional visitors. Kwan does not own a restaurant and has no formal culinary training. Building on Buddhist philosophy and drawing or inspiration on the Temple's own gardens, Jeong Kwan creates astonishing vegan flavors, and reminds us that many of the best ideas for plant-forward cooking have been nurtured and refined over centuries by food cultures and religious traditions.


May 22, 2018

The Gardener (2016) - 1h27min.

The Gardener is a documentary reflecting on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever. The film has been received enthusiastically by festival audiences across North America, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec, where it had its World Premiere.



Films are screened at 7:00 p.m. in Moyse Hall, Arts Building, 853 Sherbrooke West. NO RESERVATION REQUIRED.

BUS: 24, 80, 107, 144. Follow the road straight up from the Roddick Gates, at Sherbrooke and McGill College.
METRO: Exit at McGill College and walk North towards McGill University.

Please note that as of May 28, 2010, parking availability on McGill’s Downtown Lower Campus was substantially reduced during the week. Main Campus outdoor parking area is only available for the parking of vehicles which have been sponsored by a McGill department (parking north of James Administration Building only) or visitors to the campus who have a provincial handicapped permit.

For more information about other parking facilities as well as parking rates, please click here.

Wheelchair Access to Moyse Hall: The Arts Building is wheelchair accessible through the adjacent Leacock building. Wheelchair access to the Leacock is through the door to right of the main entrance. The corridor to the right leads to the Arts Building. There is a ramp by the first staircase between the two buildings, and an elevator at the second staircase. Moyse Hall is equipped with small elevator which gives access to the theatre.

For information email: wpc.oncology [at] (Programs in Whole Person Care).


Since its inception in 2005, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care has screened 55 films. See below for a list of all films screened since the beginning of the series.




Mr. Mergler’s Gift (2005) & Appointment With The Wise Old Dog: Dream Images in a Time of Crisis (1998)

Ryan (2004) & In the Gutter and Other Good Places (1993)

What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004)

Genghis Blues (1999)


The Man Who Learned to Fall (2004)

The Boys of Buchenwald (2002)

Zero Degrees of Separation (2005)

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001)

Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2001)

How’s Your News? (1999)

Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality (2003)

Bonjour! Shalom! (1991)

To a Safer Place (1987)

Gap Toothed Women (1987)


Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (1997)

Joseph Guinta: A Silent Triumph (2002)

This Beggar’s Description (2006)

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

Murderball (2005)

39 Pounds of Love (2005)


La Neuvaine (2005)

Braindamadj’d (2005)

At My Mother’s Breast (2006)

The Last Days of Living (1980)

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma (2008)


The English Surgeon (2009)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

One Week (2008)

The Necessities of Life (2010)


The Doctor (1991)

Baraka (1992)

The Dead (1987)

Departures (2008)

Young at Heart (2007)


The Legacy (2009)

Waste Land (2010)

Into Great Silence (2005)


Breakaway: A Tale of Two Survivors (2000)

Giota's Journey (2011)

Southern Comfort (2001)


Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality (2003)


Amour (2012)

Sarah's Key (2010)

The Intouchables (2011)


Out of mind, out of sight (2013)

Dallas Buyer's Club (2013)

The Hedgehog (2009)

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)


Temple Grandin (2010)

Alive Inside (2014)

In Pursuit of Peace / À la poursuite de la paix (2015)

Trick or Treaty? (2014)


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (2015)

A Place to Stand (2014)

My Life as a Turkey (2011)

Patrick's Day (2014)