workshop for medical practitioners and researchers
The word doctor comes from a root word that means "learned person" or "teacher"; the word patient comes from a root meaning “suffering”. Could we look at moments in their relationship where the doctor doesn’t feel like the learned one and the patient is more than someone who just suffers?
Patient Films is a weekly workshop between an artist and seven medical practitioners and researchers that addresses this question. Meeting at St. John's Research Institute, Bangalore, we aim to explore local narratives of doctor-patient and researcher-patient relationships. Contextualized within a study of medical ethics, we expand these narratives through a number of self-reflexive filmmaking exercises. In a field where ethical discourse is crowded with regulatory language that is often discordant with practice, this workshop is a space to build a language of ethics that comes from lived experience. In a way, we are positing that the practice of making films can reveal new ways to think about “being ethical”.