Molly Castelloe

Molly Castelloe, psychology, group psychology, Vamık Volkan, film, vamik's room, documentary, video, ethnic conflict, group trauma, conflict resolution, diplomacy

BLIND TRUST is my first documentary film. I am the director and producer, working alongside two outstanding Associate Producers: Kurt Ossenfort and A. Dean Bell.

 

BLIND TRUST garnered the Gradiva Award given by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for excellence in art furthering the ideas and practice of psychoanalysis. 

 

I hold a doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University with a focus on theater and psychology.  During my research I discovered Dr. Volkan's work and was captivated by his understanding of shared and unmourned trauma, and how it is passed down through generations.

 

I contacted Dr. Volkan when he was Director of The Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction at the University of Virginia's School of Medicine and went to hear him and his team speak.  They described their work in the Baltic regions at a time when Estonia and Latvia were becoming newly independent.  Sitting in the lecture hall I thought these ideas are timely in our age of globalization and migrant crisis and deserve amplification through cinematic narrative.  

I also write a column for psychologytoday.com on group psychology called The Me in WeHere is an early interview with Dr. Volkan.