The Women's Balcony

7:30 PM, February 2, 2018

Presented by Afsaneh Alisobhani, PsyD, & Miriam Tasini, MD

The Women's Balcony is an unapologetically warmhearted and compelling, comedic drama, and a fine example of commercial filmmaking grounded in a persuasive knowledge of human behavior. A movie made in Israel in Hebrew, it narrates the story of an attempt to rebuild a damaged section of a synagogue, and focuses on its effect on the community and interpersonal relationships, particularly women’s rights. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define how religious beliefs are used by politicians and community leaders to control the society, and the consequences of same on clinical symptomatology 
  • Identify the group dynamics in the presence of a charismatic leader
  • Delineate the factors that affect group and individual identity, especially within the context of religious groups, in interpersonal relationships between genders 

 
Afsaneh Alisobhani, PsyD, is a training and supervising analyst at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute where she teaches courses on Fairbairn, Winnicott, and Bion, as well as case consultation groups. She had a private practice in Irvine, California. 

Miriam Tasini, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and an honorary member of the Polish Psychoanalytic society.  She studied the Holocaust and problems of restitution as she wrote a book Where Are We Going? (2008) about her family’s survival as they escaped half way around the world.