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PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FF2019 EVENT, FOR FF2020 FESTIVAL EVENTS CLICK HERE.
 
First Fortnight Europe and Istituto Italiano di Cultura are delighted to present Yes We Can/ Si Può Fare as the festival Mystery Film Screening.
 
Si Può Fare (2008) Italian comedy-drama directed by Giulio Manfredonia. Duration: 1h50 with English Subtitles.
 
Nello, a Milanese businessman who has lost his job, finds himself managing a cooperative of former mental patients, relocated after the Italian state closed the country’s psychiatric hospitals under the Basaglia law. A strong believer in the dignity of work, Nello encourages every cooperative member to learn a trade in order to free themselves from their dependence on charity handouts, inventing a role for each of them that is amazingly adapted to their abilities. More info on Si Può Fare here.
 
 
The post-show discussion will focus on the history of psychiatric institutions in Italy and Ireland and the work of Italian psychiatrist Franco Basaglia, a pioneer of the modern concept of mental health. Basaglia proposed the dismantling of psychiatric hospitals in Italy which culminated in the so-called Basaglia Law in 1978.
 
Post-show discussion panelists will include:
 
Pauline Moloney
Pauline is Senior Clinical Psychologist with the HSE and published a policy paper on Mental Health and Stigma in Europe in 2018. Pauline Moloney is Board Member at First Fortnight and will be chairing the post-show discussion.
 
Brendan Kelly 
Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital, and author of 'Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland' (Irish Academic Press, 2016). Brendan wrote the Ireland chapter for the upcoming book about the impact of Franco Basaglia in different countries co-written by John Foot Professor of Modern Italian History at Bristol University and Tom Burns, Researcher in Psychiatry for Oxford Neuroscience. More info on Brendan Kelly here
 
Brendan Culleton
Co-director of 'Ar Intinn Eile: An Irish State of Mind', a documentary series for TG4. Combining case studies with analysis from experts, Ar Intinn Eile examines stories of men and women throughout history who experienced the workings of Irish psychiatric institutions and society's response towards those deemed insane. More info on Brendan Culleton and Ar Intinn Eile here. 
 
Chiara Provenzano
Italian freelance video editor and post-graduate from the Masters of Philosophy in Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
 
Renata Sperandio
Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Dublin. More info on Renata and the Italian Institute here.  
 
 

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