Film forum on gender violence and mental health with the short ‘So far’

The Molí Fariner will host the educational film forum of the ‘Let’s break the silence’ project on September 30, at 6 pm. It will be projected there So far, a short story in Martorell that shows the stigma suffered by people with mental health problems and the different systematic forms of gender violence. Afterwards, psychologists Carmen Cordón and Gemma Galán and other experts will reflect with attendees on this topic.

The project is co-organized by the Association for the Integration and Reintegration of Socially Vulnerable People or in a Situation of Social Exclusion (Persovuses); the Social Club Meeting Point of the Association for Mental Health of the Baix Llobregat Nord; the Social and Christian Association of Prison Volunteers (ASCVP) and Cinemocional, with the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya; the Diputació de Barcelona and the Ajuntament de Martorell.

It promotes emotional education through film, and “originated about three years ago through a short film dedicated to the bullying and that it was screened in schools and institutes in Martorell, and that it was a great success ”, explains the president of Persovuses, Vicenç Mateo. From there, “we thought that cinema could be a good way to work on the emotional health of all people.”

Vicenç Mateo, president de Persovuses

The result is So far, a short film directed by Adrián Larrébola from Martorell. Maria is the protagonist, a woman who “maintains a very good relationship with her psychiatrist, but who always hides something. The film shows how her husband uses gender-based violence against her, and how in the end she has to make a decision to survive, ”describes Mateo.

Vicenç Mateo, president de Persovuses

The film took just over a year to make and involved people with some kind of mental health issue. It started just six months before the pandemic began, and it paralyzed it. But despite the difficulties, Mateo acknowledges that “a space was created in which all the people who have lived the stigma in the first person have put all their desire to do so, and it has been very good.”

Vicenç Mateo, president de Persovuses

After the screening, there will be a colloquium with experts in the subject: psychologists Carmen Cordón and Gemma Galán. Vicenç Mateo himself, the actress Alícia Zamora, the member of the Punt de Trobada Social Club Agustín Luque and the director of the short, Adrián Arrébola, will also take part. The aim is “to create a participatory dialogue with the public.”

Vicenç Mateo, president de Persovuses

Due to the success of the short, Mateo says that “two more are planned: one about people who are or have been in prison, and another dedicated to youth and the concerns and problems that young people have.”


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