Soma – An Anarchist Therapy

Soma – An Anarchist Therapy

Produktionsjahr: 2006
Gattung: Dokumentation
Drehort: USA; Brasilien
Laufzeit: 49 Minuten
Regisseur Nick Cooper

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.

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