Barry McNamara  |  Published August 29, 2019

Film Series Probes Mental Health

Five Latin American and Spanish films will explore various aspects of mental health in everyday life.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – A new Monmouth College film series will explore mental health issues through the lens of Spanish-speaking movies.

JENNIFER THORNDIKE: Film series will address topics that everyone can relate in some sense ... JENNIFER THORNDIKE: Film series will address topics that "everyone can relate in some sense ... things like mental health and body image or mental health and isolation.”“Latin American and Spanish Films at Monmouth” will feature five films, which will be shown on select Wednesdays during the fall semester at 7 p.m. in the Barnes Electronic Classroom on the lower level of Hewes Library. They are free and open to the public.

“We decided to do a festival at Monmouth because we wanted to bring to campus more diversity and have movies at night where students can come and learn and have fun – and have free popcorn,” said Jennifer Thorndike, a professor in the College’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Culture.

Although the movies, which are subtitled, are from five different Spanish-speaking countries, they are connected by the common theme of mental health.

“We wanted to bring a topic to the film festival – something really relevant and really important – and the topic that we chose was mental health,” said Thorndike. “These are topics that are discussed today and everyone can relate in some sense. We have topics going on at the same time, things like mental health and body image or mental health and isolation.”

That first combination is presented in the opening film of the series – the Venezuelan film 3 Beauties – which Thorndike will introduce at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4. A discussion session for those interested will follow each screening.

Other films explore mental health and disease, mental health and bullying, and mental health and political violence. In addition to Thorndike, two of her department colleagues – Francisco Ángeles and Keith Schaefer – will introduce films and lead discussions.

“Students and the community can learn about different cultures and different cultural approaches,” said Thorndike, whose scholarly work involves the topic of the cultural representation of illness. “You can see not only the differences, but also that you can relate.”

The film series was made possible with the support of the film distribution company Pragda, as well as SPAIN arts & culture and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

“Latin American and Spanish Films at Monmouth”

      • Sept. 4 – 3 Beauties (Venezuela) – mental health and body image

      • Sept. 25 – Cows Wearing Glasses (Puerto Rico) – mental health and disease

      • Oct. 16 – The Companion (Cuba) – mental health and isolation

      • Nov. 6 – Country of Fear (Spain) – mental health and bullying

      • Nov. 20 – Clandestine Childhood (Argentina) – mental health and political violence

Back to News & Events

Did you know?

  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College is proudly test optional. Applicants may choose whether or to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission and scholarship consideration. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/admission/apply/test-optional/" target="_blank">Test Optional</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p><strong>Monmouth College is the birthplace of the women’s fraternity movement. Pi Beta Phi, the first such collegiate women’s organization, was founded at Monmouth in 1867. It was followed three years later by Kappa Kappa Gamma. The two pioneering organizations today boast a total of 275 active chapters nationwide.</strong></p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/student-life/sororities-fraternities/" target="_blank">Sororities & Fraternities</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College covers the cost for all current students to get a U.S. passport. Unlock access to over 198 different countries! We’ll even help with the paperwork :)</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/study-abroad/" target="_blank">Study Abroad</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 98% of Monmouth graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/wackerle-center/career-services/" target="_blank">Career Preparation</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We offer a certified Peace Corps Preparation program that gives Peace Corps bound graduates a leg up in the application process.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/peace-corps-prep/" target="_blank">Peace Corps Prep</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers several international trips each year during 2-week Scots Terms in January and May. Recently students have traveled to Botswana, Greece, Scotland, Japan, and more. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Scots Term</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an active Pipe & Drum Band. Each year on Scholar’s Day in April the bagpipers wake students up at 6:00 a.m. by playing in the residence halls!</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/music/pipe-band/" target="_blank">Pipe Band</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> We’re no stranger to winning. Last year the Fighting Scots won Midwest Conference championships in Football, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Track and Field. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Fighting Scots</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> 99% of Monmouth students received some type of scholarship or financial assistance.</p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/offices/student-financial-planning/types-of-aid/scholarships/" target="_blank">Scholarships</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College has an educational garden and 6.7 acre farm. Students grow and harvest fruits and vegetables to sell at the local farmer’s market. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="" target="_blank">Garden & Farm</a></li></ul></div></aside>
  • <aside class="factoid-item"><div class="factoid-item-text"><p> Monmouth College offers unique academic minors in Global Public Health and Global Food Security for students who want to use their education to address global challenges. </p></div><div class="factoid-item-links"><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-public-health/" target="_blank">Global Public Health</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/global-food-security/" target="_blank">Global Food Security</a></li></ul></div></aside>