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Webinar Registration- Religious Healing and Sacred Health Curing: Online Documentary Film Program and Debate (week 4)

Webinar Registration


Religious Healing and Sacred Health Curing: Online Documentary Film Program and Debate (week 4)


Please join our forth biweekly webinar (22 August 2020), documentary film presentation and debate organized by the Network of the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia of EASA in collaboration with the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University.

Introduction to the session by Dr. P. Khosronejad (Western Sydney University), debate by Dr. Mike Poltorak (University of Kent) researcher and filmmaker.

Film presentation

The Healer and the Psychiatrist

Mike Poltorak, 2019, 74 minutes, UK/ Switzerland.


On the South Pacific Island group of Vavau, the traditional healer Emeline Lolohea treats people affected by spirits. One day away by ferry, the only Tongan Psychiatrist Dr Mapa Puloka has established a public psychiatry well known across the region. Though they have never met in person, this film creates a dialogue between them on the nature of mental illness and spiritual affliction. Their commitment and transformative communication offers challenges and opportunities to help address the growing global mental health crisis.

After the film, a debate with the presence of the filmmaker.

A link will be provided to all participants after the introduction debates to watch the film online or via screen sharing through the moderators screen.

This webinar will be held on Zoom.


August 22, 2020 10:00 AM London



Dr. Pedram Khosronejad | Adjunct Professor

Religion and Society Research Cluster | School of Social Sciences

E: P.Khosronejad@westernsydney.edu.au

Fellow | Department of Anthropology | Harvard University

| Chief Editor, Anthropology of the Contemporary MiddleEast and Central Eurasia, SeanKingston.

| Series Editor, The Anthropology of Persianate Societies, SeanKingston.

| Series Editor, Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, LIT Verlag.


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