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FLICX: Brazil (Science on Screen)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018,

  • Location: Belcourt Theatre

Dir. Terry Gilliam UK 1985 142 min. (Director's Cut) 35mm

Since seating is limited, we must remind participants of the following:

  • that if you RSVP in the affirmative, and your plans change, you are expected to log back in and change your status to “not attending;”
  • that Vanderbilt participants must RSVP for themselves, and may not be “guests;” and
  • that non-Vanderbilt guests are limited to one per participant.

In this dystopian masterpiece, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, has come to be esteemed alongside other anti-totalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in its set design, cinematography, music and effects, Brazil is a nonstop dazzler.

Laura Adery, Megan Ichinose, and Lénie Torregrossa are doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology PhD program and members of the Body, Mind & Brain Laboratory at Vanderbilt University. Their research touches on topics ranging from the detriments of social isolation and loneliness on perception and social function, abnormal visual and memory processing in schizophrenia, the disrupted sense of self in schizophrenia, and psychotic-like experiences in the general population.They also have extensive clinical experience working with individuals with severe mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. The Body, Mind & Brain Lab additionally translates findings from basic research on the social cognition of schizophrenia to the design of novel interventions, such as social skills training with virtual-reality and a choral singing group for individuals with schizophrenia. The speakers have extensive teaching and community outreach experience sharing information and dispelling stigma about schizophrenia through high school and college lectures, academic and popular media publications, and international conference presentations.