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Movie “Sacred Time” and lecture “Origins And Models Of Film Therapy” by PhD student Jokūbas Vilius Tūras

Movie “Sacred Time” and lecture “Origins And Models Of Film Therapy” by PhD student Jokūbas Vilius Tūras

Movie “Sacred Time”

While seeking to reveal the beauty of the Gregorian chant tradition and the secret of its appeal, the film asks what could be considered as sacred time in our secular lives. In the prevailing chaos, it is rather hard to keep direction. Caught in that hastle and bustle, you end asking yourself what to fill the day with, so that at night before sleep you could feel not a fleeting and fictitious, but solidly stable meaning, so that you could fall asleep with a feeling of calmness that you have lived a day being useful, and not only for yourself.

Lecture “Origins And Models Of Film Therapy”

The phenomenon of cinema and its effect on the viewer‘s psyche began to be studied as soon as cinema appeared. How the viewer‘s behavior and states are influenced by cinema was first analyzed by the sciences of sociology and later by psychology, which focused on aspects of negative impact. Over time, with the growing awareness of this audiovisual media and audience, cinema has begun to be seen not only as a threat but also as an asset. Films began to be used for therapeutic purposes: to reveal the hidden motives of a person‘s behavior, to discover the roots of negative emotions, to teach introspection, the ability to find solutions, etc. Mental health professionals in various countries have published lists of films used in therapy, assigning them to specific cases – from difficult life situations, painful or unpleasant experiences to mental disorders. These films, most of which are widely recognized and appreciated for their artistic value, were, of course, created not specifically for psychotherapeutic sessions. The aim of this study is to identify which elements and artistic means determine the therapeutic effect of the films.

Authors / performers

Creative team of the movie “Sacred Time”:
Director: Jokūbas Vilius Tūras
Screenplay: Jokūbas Vilius Tūras
Cinematography: Jokūbas Vilius Tūras
Editing: Marius Kavaliauskas
Music: Rytis Koreniukas
Producer: Jokūbas Vilius Tūras
In Lithuanian with English subtitles

Jokūbas Vilius Tūras was born in Zarasai, Lithuania in 1971, currently doing doctoral studies at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. His feature debut “Dreaming the Path” (2013) was awarded the National Film Award winner for the Best Documentary of the Year. “About Jonas” (2016) gained National Film Awards nominations for the Best Director and the Best Film of the Year. “Old Rifle” (2020) gained National Film Awards nomination for the Best Short Film of the Year.


The movie “Sacred Time” (30 minutes)
After the movie – lecture “Origins and Models of Film Therapy”