Film and Mind Online: The Truth

November 13, 2020, 6:45 - 10:15 PM

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


This tri-national film, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, dramatically takes us on the path of every psychoanalytic treatment to find meaningful “truth” by integrating the fragments of emotional shards of early attachment disturbances. The Truth toys with the significance, definition, and symbolism of its title. On writing her memoir, a legendary French actress (Catherine Deneuve) says to her daughter (Juliette Binoche), “I never tell the naked truth. It’s not interesting.” In our discussion, from a psychoanalytic point of view, we will also consider that even fabrications and omissions can reveal the truth. A layer of intergenerational trauma within the familial and environmental subsystems holds the phenomenological elements in place to bring meaning to the fragments that have caused distortions to form an integrated component in the film.

*Streaming is available on Amazon.

Space is limited to 25 participants. 

Registration will be open until 4:30 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:

  • Translate the theme of obsessive defense against childhood neglect into psychodynamic functions of undoing, reaction formation, and isolation of affect 

  • Elucidate the psychological case for lifting repression through affective connectiveness

  • Identify the psychodynamics of maternal narcissism and within the scope of Attachment Theory


Bettina Soestwohner, PhD, PsyD, is a research psychoanalyst with a private practice in Los Angeles. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature and has taught courses in the fields of literature and languages, film, psychology, and psychoanalysis. She is a member of the Freudian School of Quebec (EFQ), is responsible for the activities of the California Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec, and is a member of the IFLF (International Forums of the Lacanian Field). Her current research is on transference. It addresses questions of resistance to transference and the subtle as well as insidious ways in which such difficulties are supported in the social link by ideologies of gender roles and sexual determinations.  

Fredrick Edo-Okuonghae, PsyD, LMFT, is a second-year candidate at NCP in the Adult/Child and Adolescent programs. He works primarily with children and adolescents, along with high-level professionals in sport and performance-based fields at a private practice located in West Los Angeles. He also runs groups for schools and organizations throughout the state of California. He is adjunct faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. He is the California diversity delegate for the American Psychological Association and a board member of the California Psychological Association. 


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.

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