About this event
On the South Pacific Island group of Vava’u, 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 ethnographic documentary 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. The film screening will be followed by a question and answer session with director, Mike Poltorak.
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Project Pouno is an interactive resource and talanoa site to explore questions of health and illness in Tonga through six vital Tongan concepts. It complements the documentary. View it here >
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