An interdisciplinary platform for critical and innovative approaches to “Mental Health” in the “Middle East”
Beyond Trauma Conversations
Welcome to the Beyond Trauma Conversations! We will be in conversation with inspiring thinkers, experts, and creative minds, who help us think about an interdisciplinary approach to mental health, memory, and the complexity of human experience in diverse middle eastern contexts.
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In the inaugural episode of Beyond Trauma Conversations, we discuss the life and work of BAFTA-winner animator and director Maryam Mohajer, whose interest in memory-work has resulted in sublime artistic engagements with the afterlife of childhood memories of war. An Iranian-British animator/director/writer based in London, Maryam is a Royal College of Art (RCA) graduate with a background in painting. Her animated shorts "Red dress. No straps”, "And life went on" and "The girl with short hair" have been screened at many International Festivals. She is the winner of several recognitions including the 2020 BAFTA Award for Best Short Animated Film. Marking the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War, 2020 has brought to us a pandemic of not only the Coronavirus but also of various psychological ruptures. And Maryam's work resonates more than ever.
This conversation was recorded in summer 2019 in London. For clips of her brilliant work, please see: www.imdb.com/name/nm4202081/ and londonanimationclub.com/maryam-mohaje…7th-may-2019/