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Int Rev Psychiatry. 2009 Jun;21(3):218-23. doi: 10.1080/09540260902748043.

Malayalam cinema and mental health.

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Department of Psychiatry, East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.


There is a tradition of using films to teach various aspects of psychiatry and we feel that Malayalam cinema can also be used suitably to teach effectively. These films can be an invaluable resource in cultural competency training as they depict the effects of culture on psychopathology and cultural and regional influences on attitudes to mental illness and stigma. We also note that the portrayal is often far from reality but this is not a barrier for using the films as an effective alternative to traditional and didactic teaching methods. This method of teaching can stimulate interest and discussion and demystify the myths of novice students and others about mental health.

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