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Physician, Heal Thyself

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World Premiere

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

 

Series Media Partner

Director
Cast

Gabor Maté

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada

Year

2023

Series

Insights

Language

English

Film Contact
Content Warning

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

18+

At SFU Woodwards

19+

At The Rio

78 min
Documentary
CANADIAN DHARMA

Book Tickets

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Credits

Executive Producer

Shannon Walsh

Producer

Asher Penn

Screenwriter

Asher Penn

Cinematography

Nathan Drillot, Jeff Lee Petry

ANIM

Greydon Luterbach, Salome Siktank

Editor

Liam Sherriff

Original Music

Kara-lis Coverdale

Director

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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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