LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D.
is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, Medical Editor for Mental Health for The Huffington Post, and Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.
Full bio can be found here.
Ida A Film Review
by Dr. Lloyd Sederer
This is a film about two paths to liberation. Both paths are exquisitely portrayed in Ida, a black-and-white film from Poland that runs a mere 80 minutes, yet depicts not just the lifetime of its protagonists but the course of history dating back almost 70 years. The film is set in Communist Poland in 1962.
We are introduced in the opening frames to a novice nun, Ida (Agata Trzebuchowska), as she paints a statute of Jesus, feeds the chickens, and then with two other novices carries the lifesize figure through a frozen, snowy field to restore him to his place of guardianship over the convent. The director (Pawel Pawlikowski) then cuts to the community of nuns praying in Gregorian Chant.
Mother Superior then calls Ida, a week away from saying her vows, to her office to tell her she must visit her only living relative, her aunt, before she takes her vows. Ida does not want to go, having lived her life in a convent since orphaned as an infant, but go she must, since obedience is one of the cardinal virtues of a woman of faith.
Real-life scenarios and authoritative information are written in a compassionate, reader-friendly way, including checklists to bring to a doctor’s appointment so you can ask the right questions. For readers who fear they will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, this book gives hope and a path forward.