Depot is to host a discussion of the role of humour in healing, with Dr Khalid Ali and blogger Jordan Adams.

Jordan and Dr Ali will be reflecting on the themes of the heartfelt and intelligent romantic comedy The Big Sick (pictured) currently showing at Depot. The discussion, on Sunday 13 August, follows the 1.30pm screening of the film.

Dr Khalid Ali is senior lecturer in Geriatrics and Stroke Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and editor of Screening Room, the film reviews section in Medical Humanities Journal. Dr Ali’s passion for film took an exciting turn in 2002 with writing critical reviews of films screening at the London Film Festival. His journey took him to other international film festivals including Cannes, Edinburgh, Dubai, and Cairo. In 2014 he was selected as a programmer for Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF), and in January 2017 he founded the First Arab Forum for Medicine in Film, Egypt Medfest.

Jordan Adams, jordantheheadcase, is a blogger on the issue of hydrocephalus. Jordan chronicles her experience of living with the potentially life-threatening condition, including undergoing no less than 20 brain surgeries. She is also a member of our box office team at Depot.

Arts, and film in particular, can expand the holistic view of physical and mental well-being of patients, their families and healthcare professionals, and help them all explore complex ethical and moral dilemmas seen in a hospital environment.

The Big Sick screening begins at 1.30pm

Discussion follows film at 3.30pm

Admission to the discussion is free for those attending the screening.

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