The scriptwriting and filmmaking process enables people in therapy to express themselves and their inner world in an unusual way. (By Avigayil Kadesh)
Video therapy is a new form of psychological therapy through art pioneered worldwide eight years ago at the Ma’aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts in Jerusalem.
People – Including at-risk youth, minorities, new immigrants, trauma victims and special-needs groups – work with a specially trained Ma’aleh therapist and filmmaker team, learning to create films to explore their stories and issues, and discovering what their stories mean to them.
“Do a Google search on ‘video therapy,’ and you’ll come up with sites about documenting a therapeutic process on video,” says Yarden Kerem, who has headed, shaped and expanded the Video Therapy Center since her arrival at Ma’aleh three years ago.
“We use this instrument in a different manner – as a creative art instrument,” she says.
At the heart of each personal documentary -- an “I movie” -- stands the creator telling his or her life story through video art.