Mental/Seishin (2020)

Pease join us Monday, March 9th from 6:30-8:30pm in DM Smith Building- room 102 for Japanese documentary screening and conversation with Director of film, Kazuhiro Soda.

MENTAL is a Japanese documentary that observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic Chorale Okayama in Japan, interwoven with patients, doctors, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers. The film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental illness prevalent in Japanese society, and captures the candid lives of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, a sense of shame, apprehension, and fear of society.

This event is hosted by Dr. Amanda Weiss from the Japanese department in School of Modern Languages.

Collaborators: Atlanta Global Studies Center, Atlanta Film Festival

Mental Health of Asian Americans (2020)

” Things I Never Said”(Still in the making) #Chinese

: Mental Health of Asian Americans

**This event has been postponed until Fall Semester of 2020. Please check back for updated information.

Join us Monday, April 6th from 3-5pm in the Gatech Student Theater – Peachtree Room, 1st floor for film screening and discussion of Things I Never Said with film director Wendy Wang and producer, Beatrice Ho. We will hear their artist statements, followed by a short panel discussion and Q&A. Please RSVP HERE

Things I Never Said follows the lives of four Asian Americans and their mental health journeys. Not only are we exploring the reasons why people choose to stay in isolation, but also how familial cultural differences and the model minority myth contributes to social and academic pressures put on Asian Americans. This story is also guided by a community art installation as a therapeutic release for our subjects as well as the local Los Angeles community to collectively share our mental health struggles.

About the Director, Wendy Wang: With her USC film school training behind her, Wendy has worked in development, production, and localization in Los Angeles for the past five years. Her commercial experiences include music videos, branding, and promotional videos for local businesses as well as training videos for internal uses. Wendy looks to create more projects bringing attention to social issues and cultural diversity, especially on the topics regarding Asian American culture and women’s rights.

About the Producer, Beatrice Ho: From Taipei, Taiwan, Beatrice recently graduated from Chapman University with a B.F.A. in Creative Producing. Her passion for the arts began with playing video games and the immersive quality of storytelling they lent to its audiences, which eventually evolved into her passion for cinema. Beatrice has produced four short films and has also worked on fifteen film productions as a production manager and location manager that has trained her logistical and producing strengths

Click here to learn more about the Things I Never Said documentary team’s message and goals !

This event is being hosted by Dr. Lu Liu in the School of Modern Languages Department.

Taste of Cement (2020)

“Taste of Cement” (2017) #Arabic

A film screening and post-discussion with director Ziad Kalthoum and Dr. Taha K. Sultan Al Barghathi, a representative of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Dr. Barghathi has extensive experience working in conflict zones across the Middle East and North Africa in negotiating with armed groups and supporting the needs of the war-displaced.

“Taste of Cement” is a cinematic portrayal of exile that documents the effects of war and displacement through the lens of Syrian construction workers rebuilding skyscrapers in Lebanon after its civil war. Scenes of construction juxtaposed with destruction tell a universal tale of war and its profound impacts on humans as well as their surroundings.”

Loved the film. The Q/A after really put it all in perspective – Georgia Tech Student

View this event’s discussions below

Thank you for organizing this! It was incredibly touching to learn about the experience of Syrian workers in Lebanon, the cycle of destruction (war) and rebuilding, and how “all that is solid melts into air” tragically applies to real life circumstances. This film also put a face on what the news refers to as “collateral damage.” Thank you so much!   – Georgia Tech Student

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, February 21st, 2020
  • Location: Gatech Student Theater
  • A film screen and post-discussion with director Ziad Kalthoum and Dr. Taha K. Sultan Al Barghathi, a representative of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
  • Topics: War-displaced, Syrian War, Mental Health, Sustainability
This event is hosted by Dr. Ayda Melika from the History & Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies department.
Collaborators: Atlanta Global Studies Center, Iranian Studies Initiative, Urban Media Lab, GT Mental Health Joint Allocation Committee

Soheila No.17 (2020)

“Soheila No.17” (2017) #Persian

A screening and discussion of Soheila No.17 with film director, Mahmoud Ghaffari. View discussion below!

Soheila No. 17 is the story of a woman that captures the challenges experienced by many in Tehran who are seeking healthy relationships. The film captures mental and emotional frustrations stemming from socio-cultural barriers to satisfying sexual needs in the Iranian Society.

Discussion Topics included new insights into the perspectives and circumstances of single Iranian women as well as certain conventions around womanhood and sexuality in Iran.

Collaborators: Atlanta Global Studies Center, Iranian Studies Initiative,  Urban Media Lab,Resource Organization for Sexuality, Health, and Development (ROSHD)

View this event’s discussion below !

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, February 28th, 2020
  • Location: Gatech, Student Student Center, Theater
  • Film and discussion with Director, Mahmoud Ghaffari
  • Hosted by Dr. Ayda Melika from School of Modern Languages and School of History and Sociology



Pollution and Recycling in China (2017)

Pollution and Recycling in China: Juliang Wang’s Plastic China (2016) follows the members of a family who spend their lives sorting and recycling plastic waste from the United States, Europe, and Asia. (Environment)

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, March 29th 2017
  • Location: Clary theater
  • Film Screening and discussion with director, Juliang Wang

Course Module – Plastic China

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Click Here to find out more about sustainable initiatives in China.