The Body Won’t Close (2020. Directed by M. van de Port)

Our bodies are semi-permeable. All over the world, stories are being told about heroes who magically ‘close’ their bodies, so as to become invincible. This film follows one such story, as it is told in Santo Amaro, Bahia (Brazil). Besouro Mangangà was a capoeira player, a black hero, who had closed his body. No bullets, no knives or daggers could pierce his skin. Bahian men explain how ‘closing the body’ makes sense in their precarious and violent world, and why, in the end, this closure can never be accomplished. 30-40 mins viewing, followed by discussion

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GTC Medical Anthropology Film and Discussion Group - Film Programme Hilary 2022


3.30-5pm, Tuesdays (Weeks 4, 6 and 8) on Teams

Convened by Paola Esposito (

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 ‘Inner/Outer’.