In 1971, psychoanalyst Marie Langer broke rank with the local and international associations that governed her profession. She was in profound disagreement with their policy of political neutrality at a time when a right-wing regime was prevailing in her adoptive home of Argentina. Marie Langer’s social commitment was informed not just by her politics but also by her practice, as a pioneer of group therapy and as one of the first to examine the psychoanalytic problems of women in the 1950s. Her stance in the early 1970s ultimately forced her into a second exile.
This film looks at the journey of this remarkable woman, born in Austria but active in civil war Spain, and later, revolutionary Nicaragua. Using fragments of audio and video, and conversations with historians, analysts and her children, it charts a course across continents and through the shifts in Langer’s own thinking to present a portrait of a psy professional prepared to take a stand.
About the filmmaker
Lily Ford is a historian and filmmaker based in London. She teaches and produces with the Derek Jarman Lab at Birkbeck, University of London. Her illustrated history of flight, Taking to the Air, was published in 2018. She wrote, directed and produced A Humbrol Art (2018), a short film about the painter George Shaw, and she produced the feature documentary The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, with Tilda Swinton et al, in 2016. This is the first feature documentary she has directed.
Cast & Crew
Voice: Lily Ford
Music: Santiago Cumplido
Translation (Spanish version): Maria Eloisa Susco
Interviewees: Mariano Ben Plotkin, Claudia Borensztejn, Marcela Bouteiller, Catalina Bronstein, Alejandro Dagfal, Ursula Hauser, Alicia Lagarrigue, Tomás Langer, Verónica Langer, Martín Manzanares, Virginia Ungar, Hugo Vezzetti
Freud in the Pampas by Mariano Ben Plotkin, 2001
Uprooted Minds: Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas by Nancy Caro Hollander, 2010
Mimi & Els: Stationen einer Freundschaft by Karl Fallend, 2019
Cuestionamos ed. Marie Langer, 1971
Cuestionamos II ed. Marie Langer, 1973
From Vienna to Managua: Journey of a Psychoanalyst by Marie Langer et al., trans. M. Hooks, 1989
Motherhood and Sexuality by Marie Langer, trans. and with introduction by Nancy Caro Hollander, 1992