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Dr Gabor Maté has become one of the world’s most influential thinkers about addiction, trauma and childhood development on the back of books like In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, The Myth of Normal and When the Body Says No. He’s pioneered the idea of Compassionate Inquiry as a therapeutic approach, and worked for over a decade on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

In Asher Penn’s Physician, Heal Thyself Dr Maté shares not only his theories, but also his personal story: his difficult early childhood in Hungary, immigrating to Canada, his experience as a journalist for the Ubyssey, and his early reputation as a contrarian. Maté candidly discusses his own struggles with pain, his complicated behaviours and fractured relationships. Physician, Heal Thyself offers hope and comfort, encouraging us to own our failings, share our struggles, and accept our imperfections.


October 5 & 6: Q&A with director Asher Penn & crew


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Drug & Alcohol Abuse


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At The Rio

78 min

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Thursday October 05

6:00 pm
Guests/Q&As Hearing Assistance
SFU Woodwards
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Friday October 06

3:30 pm
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The Rio Theatre
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Executive Producer

Shannon Walsh


Asher Penn


Asher Penn


Nathan Drillot, Jeff Lee Petry


Greydon Luterbach, Salome Siktank


Liam Sherriff

Original Music

Kara-lis Coverdale


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Asher Penn

Over the past 15 years, Asher Penn has conducted, edited and published over 150 interviews with cultural figures ranging from William Gibson to Grimes. He is the producer of the experimental documentary Maggie Lee’s Mommy. Physician, Heal Thyself is his first feature film.


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Physician, Heal Thyself


One of the world's foremost experts on addiction and trauma, Dr Gabor Maté shares not only his theories, but also his own story: his difficult childhood in Hungary and his long years of therapeutic practice in and around Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

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