Film and Mind Online: Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

December 1, 2023, 8:30 - 10:00 PM

Join NCP's Film and Mind series online! 

Bardo Landscape Cover

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (2022), from director (and co-writer) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, has been described as a work of docufiction with autobiographical elements. While that may be true for cineasts, for psychoanalysts it is a delightful manifestation of the the mind and preoccupations of the main character, an enviably successful creator as he explores the multi-layered experiences of fame and elitism, colonialism, maturation, love, loss…and creativity. Bardo is, in truth, one of the greatest films that portray the interpenetration of personal reverie with narrative.

*Available on Netflix. 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 roots and difficult ambivalence of “success” of a post-colonialist Mexican artist receiving recognition and “fame" in the U.S.
  • Summarize the multi-dimensional psychological impact of late pregnancy loss of a child at birth for a father as portrayed in Bardo
  • Discuss the portrayal of reverie in Bardo and compare it to the role of psychoanalytic reverie in patient and analyst
  • Utilizing Winnicott’s concept of “False Self,” trace the protagonist’s internal maturation toward a weightier “True Self” in the film Bardo


Natalia Boucher, LMFT, is a bilingual advanced candidate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles in both the Adult and Child Psychoanalytic Training Programs. She began her training in Uruguay and continued her studies in California, receiving her Bachelor’s from UCLA in 2012 and her Master’s from Antioch University in 2015. She trained at the Maple Counseling Center and worked as a mental health consultant at a preschool in downtown L.A. After starting her private practice in 2017, she served as president of the Alumni Association for the Maple Counseling Center for two years. She served as NCP’s co-chair of the Recruitment Committee and as Co-President of the Clinical Associates Organization. Ms. Boucher is also involved with IPA/IPSO and COFAP. Her psychoanalytically informed practice in Santa Monica focuses on children, adolescents, adults, couples, parenting, and life transitions. 

Luis Alejandro Nagy, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and a computer scientist who practices in Arcadia, CA. In addition, he works as Chair of the IPA Social Media Committee and member of NCP. He serves as Board President of Rose City Center in Pasadena, CA, where he is also a supervisor and member of the Training Committee. With a special interest in films and communications, he serves as advisor to the Website Editorial Committee of the IPA and was former Chair of Communications of the Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies of Latin America. He is a Professor and a Training Analyst at the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance and an international speaker promoting online safety and prevention through detection of pathological use of the internet in treating children and adults.

Program Coordinators: Thomas M. Brod, MD, 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:  

Netflix (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-

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 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 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.

PSYCHOLOGISTS: The New Center for Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The New Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists must report CE credits directly to MCEP using this document to verify attendance. Please note that a Psychologist must attend the CE program in its entirety in order to receive credit.  

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