Frames of Mind: Mental Health Film Series, Virtual Screening Feb 11–18 & Webinar Q&A on Wed Feb 17th @ 7–8:30 pm PST


The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and The Cinematheque present:

As part of the Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series, The Cinematheque and the Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry, present a free virtual screening of Cured.

Watch the movie trailer here!


USA 2020
Patrick Sammon, Bennett Singer

Register here for your Free Virtual Ticket: The movie will be streaming from Thursday Feb­ru­ary 11 – 18, 2021


Riv­et­ing … Deserves its place along­side oth­er sem­i­nal doc­u­men­taries such as How to Sur­vive a Plague, The Cel­lu­loid Clos­et, Before Stonewall, and The Times of Har­vey Milk.

– James Kleinmann, The Queer Review


Film Description

This provocative documentary highlights a previously underappreciated activist campaign in the struggle to achieve normality for the LGBTQ community. For years, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM) listed homosexuality as a mental illness. The personal and professional implications for homosexuals could be devastating: the loss of family and friends or one’s job; the risk of coercive interventions such as aversion therapy or forced heterosexual marriage. In 1973, the APA’s Board of Directors finally voted to remove homosexuality from the DSM. All those “suffering” from homosexuality were thereby “cured” — hence the title of this important film. Five years in the making, and incorporating a trove of newly unearthed archival material, Cured sheds new light on a pivotal victory that was far from inevitable, while situating the APA story within the larger context of the modern movement for LGBTQ equality.

The Cinematheque is pleased to join with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Mental Health in presenting “Frames of Mind,” a monthly event utilizing film to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.

Virtual access to a film is provided for seven days, at the conclusion of which we present an online seminar featuring conversations with special guests and an audience Q&A via Zoom.


Free Live Q&A

Wednesday February 17, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PST

Join The Cinematheque for a live Zoom Q&A with Cured co-director Bennett Singer and film subject Dr. Richard Pillard, who will be joined by Dr. Chris Booth and Dr. Albina Veltman. Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Join the Zoom here at 7:00 pm PST on February 17.

Biographies of speakers:

Bennett Singer, the co-director of Cured, has been making social-issue documentaries for more than twenty years. His work includes Brother Outsider, an award-winning portrait of the gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

Dr. Richard Pillard is a psychiatrist based in Boston. He was the first openly gay psychiatrist in the U.S., and an adviser on the effort to get the APA to change the DSM classification of homosexuality.

Dr. Chris Booth is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Clinical Instructor with UBC Department of Psychiatry. His private practice focuses on gender-questioning and transgender youths and their families.

Dr. Albina Veltman is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University. Her clinical work focuses on traditionally marginalized populations, including those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.