Medfest 2017: Eros & Thanatos

By February 9, 2017 No Comments



“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?” —Edgar Allan Poe

The delicate balance between life and death is often dealt with internally. We all have thoughts on the matter, but it can be difficult to externalise them or share them properly.

This year, at Medfest, UCLU MedSoc Psychiatry are breaching this taboo subject and questioning our own preconceptions about life and death through film and discussion with:

  • Liz Tucker – BATFA winner, director and producer of the Channel 5 documentary “Filming My Father: In Life and Death”
  • Dr Rasha Al-Qurainy – Consultant in Palliative Medicine, UCLH & HCA Palliative Care Team Camden
  • Dr Elizabeth Baquedano – Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • Dr Georgia Belam (chair) – co-lead of the Medfest Central Organising Committee, Psychiatry Trainee in Surrey

The full list of films we will be showing can be found at So do join us for what will undoubtedly be a thought-provoking evening! Refreshments are provided and all are welcome. And as always, Medfest is absolutely FREE to attend!.

Friday 10th March 2017, 6-9pm. Lecture Theatre 1, Cruciform Building, UCL (TBC).

See our Facebook event for details.

About Medfest

Medfest is an international film festival which aims to promote and discuss topics relevant to the medical profession through the medium of film.  Medfest is held each Spring at medical schools across the UK, Ireland and further afield. It is an evening event whereby a selection of short film clips are shown and discussed by a panel of eminent speakers before the floor is opened to the audience for comments and questions.

It is primarily funded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and led by junior doctors training in psychiatry, whilst local events are organised and run by medical students.