Film and Mind Online: The Farewell

June 26, 2020, 6:45 - 10:15 PM

Join NCP as we take our Film and Mind series online!

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Using this funny, uplifting tale "based on an actual lie," the psychoanalytic viewer will observe and later learn from the discussion about the emergent truth of the family lie and the power of unconscious reconciliation with death when inevitability is given meditative space.

In the film, a Chinese-born, U.S.-raised young woman returns to China under the extended family’s guise of a joyful wedding, while the truth is their beloved matriarch has been given weeks to live. Everyone knows except the matriarch. This family navigates a minefield of expectations and proprieties, the effects of migration on relationships, and the role culture and age play in coping mechanisms for mourning. The benefits of an examination of the meaning of life in the face of death’s truth with patients/clients are explored in the after-film discussion.

*Streaming is available on Amazon Prime.

Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration will be open until 5:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time. 


6:45 PM - 8:45 PM: Group viewing of the movie with a silent chat. We will join the Zoom meeting and press "play" simultaneously to watch the movie together. Please purchase the movie before joining the meeting. (Viewing with the group is optional. You can purchase and watch prior to this and still participate in the discussion.) No credit

8:45 PM - 10:15 PM: Discussion begins. We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how the act of migration has a profound effect on the relationship of the next generation with their cultural origins

  • Compare and contrast different coping mechanisms to mourning, and the role culture and age play in their adaptation and execution

  • Discuss the place for grandparents in the unfolding of the fantasy of the child described by Freud in his paper “The Family Romance”
  • Delineate the benefits for your patients/clients of forthright examination of the meaning of life in the face of death’s truth


Ronnie Kaye, PhD, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, author, and public speaker. She has a private practice in West Los Angeles and is on the teaching faculty of the New Center for Psychoanalysis. One of her specialties is the treatment of people facing a life-threatening illness. She has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally on the emotional dimension of the cancer experience, and her book Spinning Straw Into Gold: Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer has helped and inspired many.

Bettina Soestwohner, PhD, PsyD, holds a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine. She is a Graduate Research Psychoanalyst and faculty member at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. She is a member of the California Circle of the EFQ (Freudian School of Quebec) and of the IFLF (International Forums of the Lacanian Field.) She has a private practice in Los Angeles.


Target audience: Mental health professionals and open to the public interested in psychoanalytic perspectives. Open to members and the community.

Level: Every level.

1.5 CE/CME Credits

$15 with CE Credit

$7 without Credit


This is an online event. What you need to know:

  • Registration is limited to 25 people.
  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link.
  • You can join other attendees to watch the film "together" (in your own home) at 6:45 pm and even silently comment in the Zoom Meeting “chat” function, or watch it on your own beforehand.
  • The official discussion will start at 8:45 pm in the Zoom Meeting room.
  • We cannot provide technical support for the viewing of the movie, but will be in the Zoom meeting to help facilitate the discussion.  


Where to get the movie:


"How do I get my CE/CME Credit?"

  1. Pre-Register below
    • If you are registering for the first time you will receive a welcome email. You must follow the directions in this email to complete your registration in order to access your certificates. 
  2. You will receive an email with an evaluation 2 days after the event
  3. Complete the evaluation
  4. Wait 2 business days
  5. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME/CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

PHYSICIANS: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New Center for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for the maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. For the psychologists’ records, certificates of attendance are provided at the completion of the course.  

SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE and FAMILY THERAPISTS (LCSW, LMFT, ASW, IMF, LEP, LPCC, PCCI): The New Center for Psychoanalysis is a continuing education provider that has been approved by the American Psychological Association, a California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognized approval agency. 

REGISTERED NURSES: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is an accredited provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP1112). Registered Nurses may claim only the actual number of hours spent in the educational activity for credit.