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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Reel Deal - Fences


Sunday, March 12, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Bloomfield Township Library
1099 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302
(corner of Telegraph & Lone Pine Road)

In conjunction with the MPS 2017 Symposium, “Me and Not Me: Exploration of our Socially Embedded Self – Raising our Consciousness about the Dynamic Effects of Social Polarization,” the Reel Deal program on Sunday, March 12, 2017 discusses Denzel Washington’s incandescent film “Fences.”

To discuss the film from a psychoanalytic perspective, we are privileged to have Robin and Stan Rayford. Robin Rayford, M.A. is an MPI Adult Psychoanalyst. Stan Rayford, M.A., L.P.C. is the Senior Pastor at the Restoration Fellowship Tabernacle in Detroit.

“August Wilson could fit the whole country into a backyard and make the bigness of his ideas seem life-size.” (A.O. Scott, NY Times)


Loretta Polish, Ph.D., Reel Deal Chair, will discuss the film from a cinematic perspective.

Marc Rosen, Ph.D. will moderate.

Film clips will be shown.

Practice Gap: Characterizing how the cultural strains and tensions of racial oppression, inequality and conflict effects the individual psyche is a neglected competence needed for psychoanalytic training and practice.

Upon completion of this activity:

• Participants will be able to analyze the individual’s choice between illusion and pragmatism as defense mechanisms.

• Participants will be able to describe how the struggle with impending death affects life choices and relational tensions.

• Participants will be able to illustrate how the history of racial oppression effects father-son tensions in terms of expectations and competition in black families.