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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture

Passion, Art & Politics Through the Composite Lens of Mexican Culture

A Screening and Discussion of the Film,


Oct. 13, 2017, 7-10PM

Check-in and refreshments, 6:30-7PM

Macario Giraldo, PhD, Discussion Leader

Film and discussion open to all, $15

Continuing Education Credit Hours

3 Diversity CE/CME are available as below.

Fees for Continuing Education Credits

Non-Members $90
Current WSP Members $60
Current WSP Students $15

At: Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20016

The Program

Frida, directed by Julie Taymor, is a filmic rendering of the book, Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. The movie, like the book about this important artist’s work, is a drama rich in the libidinal dynamics of Desire and Love that unfold amidst the cultural diversity of Mexico, sectors of U.S. society, global political forces, and the impact of her having had both polio and an accident that left her physically altered and in pain. Central to the film is Kahlo’s use of art as a crucial means of working through trauma and evolving a personal narrative.

The movie (2002) was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actress. It stars Salma Hayek as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as Diego Rivera, her husband and artistic and political mentor. The New York Post's Jonathan Foreman praised the score and Taymor's direction, saying that she "captures both the glamorous, deeply cosmopolitan milieu Kahlo and Rivera inhabited, and the importance Mexico had in the '30s for the international left."


Macario Giraldo, Ph.D., is originally from Columbia and came to the United States with a Fulbright scholarship to Georgetown University. He is a founding member of the Lacanian Forum of Washington and is the author of The Dialogues IN/OF the Group: Lacanian Perspectives on The Psychoanalytic Group (Karnac, 2012). He has a private practice in Northern Virginia and has lectured nationally and internationally on Lacan, groups and psychoanalysis. He is now retired from the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry, after joining the faculty in 1974.


  • Participants will be able to link the relationships between love, sexuality, gender and politics using central psychoanalytic concepts.
  • Participants will be able to describe the impact of trauma and the use of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic concepts of sublimation.
  • Participants will be able to apply the film’s interplay of characters and relationships to analogous processes in the clinical setting.




Online registration is closed now. But there is space available for this evening, please call the Administrative Office, if you would like to attend..

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 3_ AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.