Harnessing the Power of Film and Storytelling to Challenge Anti-Semitism

  • Ahmed HankirEmail author


My name is Ahmed Hankir. I am a proud British/Lebanese Muslim currently working as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. I am also a survivor of psychological distress that was triggered by the 2006 Lebanon/Israel war that occurred when I was a medical student in Manchester University. This chapter contains a case report that signposts my personal and professional journeys in life. There have been plenty of pitfalls, barriers and setbacks along the way which I have had to overcome and surmount to get to where I am today. However, I would never have come this far without the unwavering support of a Jewish family. In this chapter, I also discuss and describe how we can harness the power of film as a therapeutic instrument to heal psychological wounds and as a tool to challenge anti-Semitism.


Migration Trauma Film War Psychopathology Anti-Semitism Cinematherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK

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