Research: LAETICIA

LAETICIA - Laboratoire d’Etudes d’Impact du Cinéma Appliqué - This is the place where we see film as a new field of study between humanities and biology. We study the film object and its impact on the human brain and behavior. The lab is experiencing film patterns in education, health and social studies.

Sunday, January 16, 2005


This course is screenwriting course that is an attempt to create a film for an audience of Resilient individuals that have lived the same trauma at a double level; in reality and its representation. The principle is to use in film storytelling the mecanisms of narrative identity and develop an "inner story" for Resilients struggling against the invisible ghosts constantly making them feel that they are in conflict with an illusory norm.

The word resilience comes from the latin word "resalire" that means "bounce back" and was first used by the internationally recognized developmental psychologist Emmy Werner who has spent a lifetime studying how children cope when confronted with adversity.
Epidemiological research by the World Health Organization shows that one out of two people has been or will be seriously traumatized at some time during their life (by war, violence, rape, cruelty, incest, etc.). One in four will experience at least two serious traumas. The rest are also bound to fall on some hard times. Yet the notion of resilience, which is a person’s ability to grow in the face of terrible problems, had not been scientifically studied until recently. Today, it’s all the rage in many countries. In Latin America, they have resilience institutes, in Holland and Germany they have resilience universities. In the United States, you hear the word all the time. The World Trade Center towers have even been nicknamed “the twin resilient towers” by those who want to rebuild them.
Jean-Pierre Bekolo's vision is about using cinema to help children and adults survive the trauma of life and rebuild broken childwood.
The ambition of the RESILIENCE CINEMA PROGRAM is to shift cinema to another level by working with a targeted audience with a real need for a certain type of films and with filmmakers, encouraging them to produce useful films.
Beyond filmmaking, the RESILIENCE CINEMA is a "collective healing experience" giving an opportunity to resilient viewers, psychologists, filmmakers to share, identify and discuss the issues around their trauma.
RESILIENCE CINEMA PROGRAM is a hands-on screenwritting, production, post-production, and screening-analysis filmmaking experience that includes the work of famous resilient people, scientists, film screenings, psychotherapy and film Analysis. An attempt to create a work on rebuilding broken lives and making films that will have the most positive impact on resilient people.
I invite you to join us in this utopia that we hope will help children and adults struggling everyday against the invisible ghosts of their tragedy.

Introduction to Resilience Cinema I:
A Workshop on Tsunami Victims

July 1-31, 2005
August 1-30, 2005

These two intensive four-week sessions July and August 2005, based on Tsunami victim experiences will involve the practical creation of a “Resilient Film” on video that should help victim to recover.

****3 credit hours For Class Credit****



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