a new vision of group psychology
a film by Molly Castelloe
"One can see in this film there is a special aura around this man who has managed to see and listen to the worst of humanity and bring faith and love to the saddest situation.”
~ Ann Bennett Mix, founder, American WWII Orphans Network
"A film that suggests there is no conflict on earth that cannot be unlocked and calmed down, if combatants and victims can learn to mourn."
~ Blaine Harden, The Washington Post's former bureau chief in Europe, East Asia & Africa
"Every diplomat and diplomat-in-training should see this film."
~ Howard Stein, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Poet Laureate, High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology
“A truly beautiful piece of film art... a cinematic triumph.”
~ Joseph Montville, former diplomat, Director of Healing Historical Memory, George Mason University
"“One can see in this film there is a special aura around this man who has managed to witness the worst of humanity and bring faith and love to the saddest situation.”
"A fascinating and sophisticated study of a boy who survived war torn, ethnically divided Cypress and grew up to become the world renowned psychoanalyst nominated 5 times for the Nobel Peace Prize."
~ Ira Brenner, author and Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College
VAMIK'S ROOM tells about the peacemaking work of Vamik Volkan, a man born on the ethnically-divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, who has been nominated 5 times for the Nobel Peace Prize for conflict resolution with letters of support from over 28 countries.
In the early 1980s Dr. Volkan was a member and then chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Psychiatry and Foreign Affairs, which brought Israelis, Egyptians and Palestinians together for unofficial dialogues. He was later a member of the International Negotiation Network (INN) under the directorship of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, which investigated the roots of ethnic conflict in several global regions. Based on his work in peaceful justice, Dr. Volkan was invited to give the keynote address in Cape Town, South Africa, celebrating Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s life and commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2006).
This film recounts Dr. Volkan's lifetime journey working in informal diplomacy or "peoples' diplomacy" in The Middle East, Estonia, the former Yugoslavia and The Republic of Georgia. It depicts his work with leaders, refugees and orphan children and his present diplomatic efforts with The International Dialogue Initiative. The narrative is subdivided into chapters that dramatize the new vocabulary he developed for understanding the emotional life of nations and large groups.