Land of Silence and Darkness (1971. W. Herzog)

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Land of Silence and Darkness (1971. Directed by Warner Herzog). In this documentary, director Warner Herzog follows 56-year-old Fini Straubinger, a German woman who became deaf-blind in her late teens. After 30 years of being confined to her bed by her mother, she fought to overcome her isolation by helping others similarly afflicted.

GTC Medical Anthropology Film and Discussion Group - Film Programme Trinity 2021


3.30-5pm, Tuesdays (Weeks 2 and 4)

Online - the joining link will be listed above.

Convened by Paola Esposito and Serena Alagappan (

The GTC Medical Anthropology Film & Discussion Group explores the extent to which film can complement, enrich and further the study of medical anthropology themes, topics and methods. After watching selected clips, we discuss a film’s content and approach, and interrogate its capacity to support the analysis of issues relating to illness, crisis, health and wellbeing. This term we focus on the theme of ‘impairment’.

After a brief introduction to the film, a link will be provided to all participants to watch film segment/s online (up to 40 mins). After the viewing, we will regroup for discussion and/or Q&A.