The Healer and the Psychiatrist -Screening

The Healer and the Psychiatrist -Screening

Posted on behalf of Dr Mike Poltorak

In the South Pacific Island group of Vava’u, the traditional healer Emeline Lolohea treats people affected by spirits. One day away by ferry, the only Tongan Psychiatrist Dr Mapa Puloka has established a public psychiatry well known across the region. Though they have never met in person, this film creates a conversation between them on the causes of mental illness and spiritual affliction. Their dedication and transformative communication offers challenges and opportunities to help address a growing global mental health crisis.

The documentary film is the result of twenty years social anthropological research and collaboration. This free public screening and Kent Premiere is in gratitude for the support and inspiration of colleagues and past and present students at the University of Kent. 

The event will include an introduction and Q and A with the Director and Producer- Dr Mike Poltorak, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent.

We gratefully acknowledge funding from: Global Challenges Research Fund, University of Kent and the School of Anthropology and Conservation. 

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 Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The documentary has been rated PG by Canterbury Council. Most of the documentary is in Tonga, with English subtitles. There are sections when English is spoken. There are some scenes of painful treatment but they have not been reported as distressing in previous screenings.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email Dr Mike Poltorak at


13 Nov 2019 at 5:30pm
until 13 Nov 2019 at 7:30pm
Gulbenkian Cinema
University of Kent

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