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Announcement :: International
setting up local screenings for Soma: an anarchist therapy
03 Mar 2006
Soma is a documentary about a group therapy in Brazil which incorporates capoeira, Wilhelm Reich, and anarchism. I will be travelling between May and August around the US and Canada, screening the DVD and conducting a workshop. I am looking for help in setting up screenings. Please contact me at nickcooper(at)indymedia.org
trailer: http://houston.indymedia.org/uploads/octoberpreviewsmall.mpg

Blinded by torture and with great difficulty walking, 75 year-old Roberto Freire continues his work in a small collective of anarchist group therapists in Brazil, fighting the psychological effects of authoritarianism.

Nick Cooper travelled from the United States to Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Bahia, and São Paulo to capture the exercises, the voice, and the movement of Soma Therapy. He spent many long sessions with Roberto Freire, who
having survived the Brazilian military dictatorship, developeded Soma (body) thirty years ago, incorporating Wilhelm Reich's teachings, a martial art / dance form called capoeira angola, and the political ideas of anarchism.

Angola is the traditional African form of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, which slaves disguised as a dance. Through capoeira, slaves struggled for freedom, practicing movements of evasion to help them escape. Capoeira
angola uses many things which Soma therapists find lacking in traditional therapy -- group participation, music, spontaneity, collaboration, mischief, playfulness, and the occasional kick.

Wilhelm Reich was a 'banished' psychoanalyst and former disciple of Freud. Reich believed that people learn neuroses through authoritarian models in the family, school, and at work. Reich sought to remove the authoritarianism from analysis.

Some Brazilian anarchists find Soma's focus on the internal effects of authority to be distracting and indicative of privilege. They expect anarchists to spend more time in the street, initiating action against authority. But, although many Soma participants are activists, they are equally interested in exploring of the psychology of action.
See also:
http://somadocumentary.com
http://nickcooper.com/antipowerworkshop.htm

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Re: setting up local screenings for Soma: an anarchist therapy
03 Mar 2006
This looks really interesting. Maybe LPC could host a screening?
Re: setting up local screenings for Soma: an anarchist therapy
06 Mar 2006
What on earth policy did I violate?
Re: setting up local screenings for Soma: an anarchist therapy
06 Mar 2006
discreting local organization to be disruptive
Are you saying this is NOT TRUE?!?!?!?!
07 Mar 2006
IMC Boston is obligated to defend LPC because it depends on LPC for venue and because there is member overlap. This means the editors have conflict of interest. The same is true for IMC and ABC.
Re: setting up local screenings for Soma: an anarchist therapy
08 Mar 2006
There's IMC people who are apart of LPC? News to me. Not that there would be any issue if this were the case. It just doesn't happen to be true.
Re: setting up local screenings for Soma: an anarchist therapy
08 Mar 2006
This must be LPCer number 147 down the scribbled list of temporary volunteers.
Re: setting up local screenings for Soma: an anarchist therapy
08 Mar 2006
Yacktually, when I went to the time before "Sharpie goes insane" General Meeting a few months ago, an LPC member moderated the IMC meeting. He also ran like a biyyyyyatch to rat out members to a member who was playing "i don't wanna be here right now."

This self appointed mole actually caused quite a bit of beef by stroking up Sharpie for his "in defense of feminism" rant on the following meeting. "I have it on good sources that etc etc etc......"