Ep. 18: The PTSD We Are Not Talking About, Filmmaker Khalik Allah, Feminist Five's Li Maizi
People living in violent neighborhoods are developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at rates as high, if not higher, than veterans who served on the frontline in Iraq, according to Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard, Dr. Kerry Ressler. With alarmingly high rates of violent crime in the UK capital, Stance wanted get to the heart of this issue and find out what needs to change.
We speak to a psychotherapisit Mandy Bostwick - a Trauma and PTSD specialist, we visit New Horizons Youth Centre in North London, and are joined live in the studio by Karl Smith from Synergy Theatre Project, an ex-offender who has been diagnosed with PTSD. Lastly, we explore what can happen if PTSD goes untreated with Epigeneticist Dr Isabelle Mansuy from the Brain Research Institute at the University of Zurich. She looks at intergenerational trauma and how PTSD - that we have not experienced directly - can shape us and our offspring.
We caught up with filmmaker and photographer, Khalik Allah, at the premiere of his extraordinary new film, Black Mother. Described by the New Yorker as 'one of the most original documentary filmmakers working today', Allah’s new film is a personal exploration of Jamaica, paying tribute to his maternal family roots. We met him at the Starline Social Club in Oakland to find out more.
Stance profiles Li Maizi who became a known activist globally when she was arrested in China two days ahead of International Women’s Day in 2015. We caught up with her find out more about her work as an activist and the impact of Government enforced censorship on movements like #metoo in her home country of China.