I have been interested in Occupy Wall Street since Oct. 2011 and wanted to capture the variety of people, young, old, and in-between. The range from people in their 20s to the oldest, a Navy World War II Navy Veteran, demonstrates how this "movement" captured the hearts of so many people. There is a similarity between OWS and therapy- helping people in therapy freely say what's on their mind and supporting that right in the OWS movement.
I met Dr. Francoise Davoine at the 39th Annual Conference "Trauma and Resilience: Family Matters" of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She and Dr. Jean-Max Gaudillière, both authors of History Beyond Trauma, were the keynote speakers, are professors at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris, and have both worked with severely traumatized patients in psychiatric hospitals and in private practice. Most importantly they have uncovered the ways in which "transference and countertransference are affected by the experience of social catastrophe." For Francoise and Jean-Max Gaudillière " . . .the "officially" unanalyzable forms of psychic problems . . .generally called "madness" are before all else consequences of ruptures in the social bonds that sustain life." After lunch I was able to spend some time with Francoise. After a brief synopsis explaining the core concepts of Modern Psychoanalysis we were able to see how Modern Psychoanalysis fit with her way of thinking. We just happened to be at the same workshop led by Dr. Acquarone and had some more time to learn about each other. We exchanged contact information. I then discovered a series of films related to Mere Folle written by Francoise. The film Crazy Mother or Mere Folle (a film cut of a longer film) is a 'translation' of Françoise's book, in close collaboration with the author. "The images she 'saw,' or had in mind, when she wrote her book are inevitably very different from the ones that ended up in the film. There are several layers of interpretation and imagination between the one and the other. This is compounded by the fact that the author plays herself; but only after the images have circulated, and we have transformed them, did they come back to the author, from the outside so to speak, who, playing her role, transformed them again. This is why the film images can only be 'inter-images,' with several temporal and visual layers separating the 'original' from the images in the film." I trust that some will enjoy these films.