Film and Mind Online: The Green Knight

September 23, 2022, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online!

(2021, 125 minutes)

A contemporary filmic adaptation of the 14th-century chivalric poem by the same name, The Green Knight (directed by David Lowery) appears to tell the story of King Arthur's headstrong nephew Gawain from the time before he was to become a legendary knight of the Round Table. It is, in fact, an effective and original meditation of the twin (and entwined) psychological concepts of death denial and the mysteries of responsible masculinization. The film slyly raises (through the illusion of witchcraft) the issue of maternal love in preparing the son to leave the infantile erotic position.   

Watch the trailer

*Available on Amazon Prime and others. See link below.

Registration will be open until 4:30 PM on the day of the event. We cannot take registrations after this time.  


*** All times listed are Pacific Time (PT) ***

DISCUSSION (on Zoom): 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM - We will hear from our discussants and explore the film together. 

We will not watch the film together prior to the discussion. Participants should watch the film beforehand or begin screening on their own before 6:15 pm PT.

1.5 CE/CME credits

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Discuss the psychological function of narrative structure in dreams, reveries and fantasies as defensive (unconscious) splitting of conflictual sides of one's internal world
  • Discuss whether masculinization (adult responsibility) can be engendered by maternal intervention or whether that is another myth portrayed in the film The Green Knight
  • Explain how conscious denial of death in the individual has an impact on the evolution of social institutions over generations of lifetimes using The Green Knight as a narrativized example


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Celenza, A. Transference, Love, Being: Essential Essays from the Field. London: Routledge, 2022. 

Diamond, MJ. Masculinity and Its Discontents (2021), Routledge  

Eshel, O. (2013) Patient-Analyst “Withness”: On Analytic “Presencing,” Passion, and Compassion in States of Breakdown, Despair, and Deadness. Psychoanalytic Quarterly 82:925-963

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Bettina Soestwohner, PhD, PsyD, is a Research Psychoanalyst with a private practice in L.A. She holds a Doctorate in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine and has taught courses in the fields of literature and languages, film, psychology, and psychoanalysis. She is a Senior Faculty member of New Center of Psychoanalysis; a member of the Freudian School of Quebec (EFQ); responsible for the activities of the California Circle of the Quebec School; and a member of the IFLF (International Forums of the Lacanian Field). 

Seth Alt, PhD, is a cultural theorist and researcher whose area of expertise explores the intersections of psychoanalysis, museums, digital technology, and audience studies. Seth is a member of the IFLF (International Forums of the Lacanian Field) and a newly inscribed doctorate of Claremont Graduate University's Cultural Studies program, with a dissertation titled "The Pervert's Guide to the Museum." 

Discussion Moderator: Thomas M. Brod, MD. Dr. Brod coordinates the NCP Film & Mind Program with Apurva Shah, MD.


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:

  • Register below and you will get an email with the Zoom link. The Zoom link will also be sent on the day of the event after 4:30 PM.
  • The discussion will start at 8:30 pm in the Zoom Meeting room. Participants should watch the film on their own before joining.
  • 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:  Amazon Prime, Hulu, Showtime and more (click for options)


"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. Sign in and sign out during the event (by typing your full name into the chat). This is how we record your attendance at the event.
  3. Wait 5 business days
  4. Download your Certificate on the NCP website



IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

-Updated July 2021-

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The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a 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.

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