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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 2016

April 19, 2016

Temple Grandin (2010) - 107 min.

Starring Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, Catherine O'Hara and David Strathairn Temple Grandin paints a picture of a young woman's perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still quite unknown. The film chronicles Temple's early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; the enduring support she received from her mother (Ormond), aunt (O'Hara) and her science teacher (Strathairn); and her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpkN0JdXRpM

April 26, 2016

Alive Inside (2014) - 78 min.

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.
Trailer: http://www.aliveinside.us/#trailer

May 10, 2016

In Pursuit of Peace / À la poursuite de la paix (2015) - 86 min.

In Pursuit of Peace is a riveting feature documentary film that makes the case for unarmed civilian peacemaking and mediation as a response to violent international conflict. We follow four Canadian peacemakers as they take us inside the drama of their work in some of the word’s hottest conflict zones: land disputes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the civil war in South Sudan, IDP camps with displaced minorities in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq, and stories of mediation in Darfur, Nepal, and Aceh. As we follow our protagonists, we share their challenges and their hopes as they work to create alternative responses to war and violence.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/145203093

May 24, 2016

Trick or Treaty? (2014) - 84 min.

This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.

 Join us in celebrating Alanis Obomsawin’s courage, commitment and creativity in advocating for the health and well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and youth in a special presentation of the Peter Henderson Bryce, M.D., Award for Excellence in Public Health Advocacy. Trailer: https://www.nfb.ca/film/trick_or_treaty/trailer/trick_or_treaty_trailer

Films are screened at 7:00 p.m. in Moyse Hall, Arts Building, 853 Sherbrooke West.

24 bus, Metro McGill. Follow the road straight up from the Roddick Gates, at Sherbrooke and McGill College.

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 & reservations: tel.: 514-398-2298; email: wpc [dot] oncology [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Programs in Whole Person Care)


Since its inception in 2005, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care has screened 47 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)