WHY THIS FILM NOW?

"HUMANS CANNOT ACCEPT CHANGE WITHOUT MOURNING WHAT HAS BEEN LOST."

VAMIK VOLKIN

On January 6, 2021, an angry mob attacked the U.S. Capitol disrupting the election process and the peaceful transition of power vital to American democracy.  How did this happen?  What motivates this kind of group behavior?

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How does HISTORICAL MEMORY 
fuel acts of collective violence and domestic terror? 

TIME COLLAPSE is Volkan's term for the merging of past and present in the mind of a large group.

Renowned psychoanalyst Vamik Volkan has been studying political unrest and the underlying psychology of group relations for 40 years.  His work is key to understanding the dangerous racial, religious and regional divisions that splinter nations

 

BLIND TRUST: LEADERS & FOLLOWERS IN TIMES OF CRISIS  illuminates how an unhealed shared trauma from the past is used by a leader to shape present day politics. 

 

Professor Volkan's insights into shared emotion are essential to managing the violence embedded in ethnic, national, political and cultural identity.  His work is crucial to peace-building in our era of globalization when so many different peoples are hurled in sudden contact.  It has shaped a leading model of conflict resolution used in the world today.  

The power of LARGE-GROUP IDENTITY in 21st century peacemaking

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