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Screening: Mother of George: Cultural & Generational Influences on Identity and Relationships

  • 24 Mar 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW


Mother of George: Cultural And Generational Influences On Identity And Relationships

A Screening and Discussion of the Film, Mother of George

Introductory remarks:

Albert J. Brok, PhD, CGP


Joel Idowu, MD 
Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSW
Alcia Peterkin, LCSW

Reactor and Discussion Leader:

Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP

Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019, 9:30AM-4PM

(Registration and continental breakfast, 9-9:30AM.)

(Box lunches are included.)

CE/CME credit hours

5 Diversity continuing education credits


Regular $165

Members of Washington Professionals For The Study Of Psychoanalysis $135.

WSP Members

  • Contributing $135
  • Sustaining $120
  • Silver $112.5
  • Gold $105

WSP Current Students $30

Other students please contact the administrative office before registering.

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave, NW, #400, Washington DC 20016.


In this presentation, we will screen the Award winning film “Mother of George" (Sundance Festival award for best cinematography. 2013), which focuses on the conflict between older and newer gender role identities. The film highlights the dilemma facing a young Nigerian couple, just married and living in Brooklyn, and how they negotiate making their marriage work in the maelstrom between their traditional Nigerian parental influences and their newly internalized American ways. The film highlights a significant general issue of how a new Couple Culture can develop within an old Culture. The pliability of parental authority in differing ecological contexts – which can either  promote or disrupt a developing couple relationship will be discussed in terms of the process of identity formation on the part of individuals and the couple they become. In addition, one of our presenters, who comes from Nigeria, will elucidate a perspective about the film which includes the specific cultural issues represented. 



  1. Compare the differences between internalized cultural structures and conflictual developmental dynamics as they are applied to clinicial practice.
  2. Describe 2 kinds of identity states
  3. Compare they dynamics of privacy and secrecy in couple relations.
  4. Discuss the impact of immigration/migration on a sense of belonging.
  5. Describe the impact of culturally ascribed gender identity on the they types of intimacy in an ongoing relationship.

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