C. G. Jung observed that the modern era is called to reclaim interiority and cultivate a more grounded, embodied sense of the sacred. This significant cultural movement corresponds to the resurgence of archetypal feminine values—a theme that is increasingly evident in screen stories and in the imagistic language of cinema.
The workshop will begin with an introduction to looking at film through a Jungian perspective, showing how the individuation process and associated archetypal patterns are depicted on screen. We will move on to explore images of the archetypal feminine, both light and dark, showing how the embrace of this pattern leads to rejuvenation and renewal, while its neglect gives rise to devouring monsters. The poles of this archetype are overcome in the figure of the female hero, whose presence in the collective imagination appears to accompany the transformation of hierarchical and exploitative power structures.
Participants should watch these films in advance of the workshop:
Enchanted April (1991), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Bagdad Café (1987), Volver (2006), Thelma and Louise (1991), Alien (1979) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).